The Lobsters Run Free
Bath Flash Fiction Volume Two
One hundred and thirty-five flash fiction stories from world-wide authors selected from the long lists of the three Bath Flash Fiction Awards in 2017. These dazzling fictions, all 300 words or under, give us fresh insights into world wide concerns – from relationship issues and domestic situations tender or fraught, to war torn landscapes and the plight of the dispossessed. So much is compressed into so few words.
“The stories were of a very high standard...I’m so impressed with how organized and efficient all of the Bath contests appear to be. The production of a beautiful anthology from the contest long list is also very impressive...”
—Kathy Fish, author of Together We Can Bury It and co-author of RIFT.
“I could not believe how many powerful stories I read in the long list of fifty stories. It was very difficult to select the short list of twenty and then to choose the winners.”
—Meg Pokrass, author of Bird Envy, Damn Sure Right and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down.
“Every single flash I received possessed qualities I admired and envied...I marvelled at the form’s ability to permit such a range of approaches – from slices-of-life to epic narration to poetic experiments and beyond...”
—David Swann, author of Stronger, Faster, Shorter and The Privilege of Rain.
196mm x 134mm, 160pp
Paperback ISBN 978-1-912095-69-8
Flash Fiction Festival One
Seventy-four micro-fictions written by presenters and participants at the first ever literary festival entirely dedicated to flash fiction, held in Bath, June 2017. These short-short stories, 250 words or under, show the wide variety of styles possible in this emerging genre.
Most of the UK’s top flash fiction writers and teachers offered workshops and talks and readings at the Flash Fiction Festival: David Gaffney, Tania Hershman, Calum Kerr, David Swann, Vanessa Gebbie, Kit de Waal, Paul McVeigh, Peter Blair, Ashley Chantler, KM Elkes, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins and Michael Loveday. Plus distinguished international guest and leading exponent of the form, Pamela Painter, from the United States.
“It was a wonderful assembly of authors and editors and ‘students’ – though the students already seemed like authors.”—Pamela Painter
“You managed to create a relaxed yet focussed ambiance so that participants could let anxieties fall away, have fun writing and immersing themselves in craft and other skills, soaking up all the varied and sparkling influences that abounded.”—Vanessa Gebbie
“...I had previously come across the genre, viewing it more or less exclusively as something light and whimsical but I had completely under estimated its potential and the discipline involved. It was these latter two aspects that intrigued me...”—Patricia Wallace
“...comments and insights from the workshops showed me how the embryonic idea I started with could be developed and given depth.”—Mary Bevan
196mm x 134mm, 112pp
Paperback ISBN 978-1-912095-67-4
To Carry Her Home
Bath Flash Fiction Volume One
One hundred and forty-five very short stories, by authors from eleven different countries, that tell of life in today's world. From perilous journeys and strange encounters to tales of love of loss, the stories challenge, linger after reading and evoke the full range of emotions. So much is covered in these page long pieces.
"unique landscapes, with unusual words, startling sentence fragments and odd characters... remarkably crafted stories... truly international with heartfelt prose, playful poetics and taking literary risks"
Robert Vaughan, writer, poet and editor, author of Addicts & Basements and co-author of RIFT.
196mm x 134mm, 160pp
Paperback ISBN 978-1-912095-00-1
How to Make a Window Snake
Three winning flash fiction novellas from the 2017 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award demonstrate the scope and range of this increasingly popular genre.
"How to Make a Window Snake by Charmaine Wilkerson... creates a brilliant picture window through which we see a loving but deeply wounded family trying to survive more tragedy.
A Safer Way to Fall by Joanna Campbell... stakes are high and violence becomes a reliable companion. One realises that there simply is no safe way to fall.
Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping by Ingrid Jendrzejewski... beautifully detailed portraits, thrusts us into a world of emotional limbo, watching the asymmetry of a couple grappling with mismatched wishes and obsessions."
Meg Pokrass, writer, poet, editor, tutor. Author of Bird Envy, Damn Sure Right, The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down and Here, Where We Live.
196mm x 134mm, 128pp
Paperback ISBN 978-1-912095-71-1