News roundup: Short story competition, Nicola Griffith is grandiose, Sarah Waters is everywhere, and there are a few others besides

5 Sep

Internet gremlins have hit the Ashton household, so this will be short and snappy….


GreenLadyFirst up, news of a publisher opening up in Oxford. Green Lady Press isn’t a lesbian publisher but it welcomes innovative literature from all genres. It specialises in short stories and novellas and got in touch with UKLesFic with details of its annual short story competition. This year’s theme is ‘Resistance’ and they’re looking for innovative interpretations (any genre) of the theme up to 3000 words. Get your entries in by 30 November. First prize is £50, second £25 with other selected entries being published in an ebook anthology together with the winners. You can find more details here.


nicolagriffithlocusNicola Griffith is interviewed in and appears on the front cover of science fiction magazine Locus this month. You can get a digital copy here.

She was also interviewed for Real Change News where (in her own words) she ended up being a little grandiose about Hild’s influence – wouldn’t have democracy as we know it without her for example. It’s a typically informative and fascinating piece and here’s the link to the full article.


Kiki-117The Planet of the Books continued its author profiles this week with Kiki Archer.

In her profile answers, Kiki admits that her parents had to pay her to read as a child after Little Women and Black Beauty failed to catch her imagination. Although the Beano found its appeal for some reason. She answers questions like “which of your characters would you like to spend the day as” and naturally picks the one that has the best sex.

You can find the full profile here.


598px-Sarah_WatersIt may be a while before we go a week without mentioning Sarah Waters. Here’s this week’s inclusion.  Dulwich Books in London are holding an evening with Sarah Waters on Wednesday 1st October. She will be talking to John O’Connell and books will also be on sale. A few more details below and here’s the relevant link.

Location: Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 8SU

Tickets £10/£8. The Paying Guests will be on sale at £15.00.

Tickets: Book tickets online, via email to, via telephone 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.

There are probably some reviews around for The Paying Guest this week, but you know, if you like Sarah Waters you’re probably going to read it, and if you haven’t read any Sarah Waters, go and at least read Fingersmith too. (We’ll catch up next week when my internet connection hasn’t got its knickers in a twist.)


On to new releases:

stilllifeLT Smith’s Still Life is out now – here’s the Amazon link. LT has written a blog about its release which is a little earlier than intended. She’s a bit pleased. Here’s the post.

Last week’s new publication, The Empath by Jody Klaire, is book of the month on the Facebook group LesficREADER. Jody will be answering questions weekend of the 27-28th so get reading and join the group here.


Finally, a reminder about the LGBT Monologue writing workshops run by VG Lee and Paul Burston. The sessions accompany the Polari tour to Brighton, London, Stevenage, Newcastle, Birmingham, St Albans, Manchester and Liverpool. You can find dates and venues here but for more information and to reserve a place please email Val at vglee at

If you’re still not sure about attending the workshops here’s VG Lee with a little more information about the sessions and about her lovely self too. Take it away Val:


2 Responses to “News roundup: Short story competition, Nicola Griffith is grandiose, Sarah Waters is everywhere, and there are a few others besides”

  1. valerie lee October 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks so much for putting up a reminder about the LGBT writing workshops which are part of The Polari Tour. Next Up is in Manchester and is FREE! All best, you are doing a great job. ValX

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