I suppose the time has come to announce a couple of BRILLIANT things that have finally happened in my writing life:
1. My story "Kafkaesque" is soon to be published in Etchings 9. I have just seen the proofs and they look fantastic! I am proud and honoured that my story was selected by Etchings fiction editor Glenys Osborne, whose debut novel Come Inside was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in 2010.
2. My story "Exhibition" will appear in Best European Fiction 2011, published by Dalkey Archive Press and edited by Aleksandar Hemon. I've known this for a while but now that my words of wisdom are officially up on their website, I can also officially announce it to the world!
World, please note - yes, please note, that my work will be in the same anthology as Nora Ikstena from Latvia, a whole list of talented authors across Europe, and -wait for it-- Hilary Mantel, author of Man Booker prize winner Wolf Hall.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to put on the highest heels that I can find and open that bottle of champagne...
A performance of my work "Tempus Fugit" in October 2016. Photos by Ore.
I will soon be having a new poem translated into Dutch. The theme? Europe and refugees. All will be revealed in May.
Thank you, English School, for this tremendous honour.