Organiser Debbie Young has asked me to read and chair the Short Story session at the 4th HULitFest to be held on Saturday 21 April 2018.
The previous record is 13 in one year, so nice!
Last night I read at the launch of the 2017 Worcestershire Literary Festival Flash Fiction Anthology 2017. I have three little dark tales in it - 'Skin', 'You were in need of money' and 'The Guy at the Bar'.
For the second time running, I have had a story short listed, commended and published (with an interview!) by the Dorset Fiction Award! Last time it was 'Orly' but this time it's my new story 'How to Improve Productivity'.
Here's the story and interview - http://www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/how-to-improve-productivity---john-holland.html
Here's the commendation - http://www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/winners.html
Lovely news. This is the second Dorset Fiction Award competition 'Orly' was short listed for the first. Now my new story has been long listed for the second.
That's one Short List and two Long Lists this week!
Reading my story 'How to Improve Productivity' at Bristol LitFest Talking Tales on Saturday 28 October
Absolutely delighted to have my story 'How to Improve Productivity' chosen by the Stokes Croft Writers for the Bristol LitFest event on Saturday 28 October. I'm reading last.
On Saturday 7 October 2017 Christiane and I were wed. Ahhh.
The two Stroud Theatre Festival gigs at the Ale House seemed to go well. They were called 'Philip and John's Medium-sized Nights Out' and were done jointly with Philip Douch.
Friday 29 Sept I read 'The Hero' and 'The Night Ape'. About 20 people attended.
Saturday 30 September I read 'Da' and a range of flash fiction - How to Improve Productivity, In Those Days, Islands, Boyfriends, Birth, Kate Adie is 69, A Hot Summer's Day, The First Time at Her Place. This gig was sold out - 25 people.
Still a few tickets left for 'Philip and John's Medium-sized Night Out' at the Stroud Theatre Festival
That's Philip Douch and me reading funny stories on 29th and 30th September at the Ale House in Stroud. Tickets £7. Concessions £5.
More info + tickets here - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/198434
There's an interview/author profile of me on the website of Chris Hill, the Bridport Prize winning author. Thanks Chris!
I will be reading at least one of the pieces of flash fiction being published in the 2017 Worcestershire Literature Festival Flash Fiction Anthology in Worcester on 12 November. The venue is the Drummonds Bar, The Swan with Two Necks at 4pm on Sunday 12 Nov 2017.
The event, with Philip Douch, is called 'Philip and John's Medium-sized Night Out'. It's at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud at 8pm on Fri 29 Sept and 6pm on Sat 30 Sept 2017.
Tickets are available online from -
Or in person or by phone from the TIC in the Stroud Sub Rooms.
My short piece of flash fiction, The Feather, has been published on the Reflex Fiction website. It was also long listed for the autumn prize.