There was a full house at the spring Evening of Flash Fiction at St James Wine Vaults, Bath on 17th March. It’s a wonderful venue with a friendly bar downstairs, and we’re made to feel very welcome by owners Mandy and Neil who like to support artistic ventures in the local community.
Six writers read for ten minutes each during the evening. Flash Fiction Festival team member, Diane Simmons, began the evening and among other powerful pieces, read her story ‘Closing the Door’ which is published in To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction Volume One.
Flash writer Jeanette Sheppard, who’d travelled from Warwickshire read next and included her surreal flash fiction ‘Trumpets’ published in Lonely Crowd. Well known local poet, flash writer and lecturer Carrie Etter finished the first half, reading stories from her atmospheric V.Press chapbook Home Town.
Tino Prinzi, also involved in the Festival for NFFD and other activities, read first. One of his pieces, ‘Veganaury’ was longlisted in the last Bath Flash Award and will be published in the next Bath Flash Fiction Anthology.
Michael Loveday, who’s leading a workshop at the Festival, included ‘Kryptonite’ in his selection, a story recently published in the charity anthology Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief.
Kevlin Henney, well known for his many years of organising events for National Flash Fiction Day UK in Bristol, rounded off the evening with some innovative pieces including the wonderfully titled ‘Lost Love’s Labours’ published in Pygmy Giant.
A great of evening of flash fiction. As always, covering a wide variety of styles and approaches. Thank you to all the readers and to everyone who came. Hope you’ll come to the next, Friday 26th May! Details available soon.