John Holland writes.

Short fiction writer, events organiser and obsessive

Story short-listed for the Coleford Festival of Words Short Story Competition

Not allowed to say which story it is right now but one of mine has been shortlisted (one of ten) for the Coleford Festival of Words Short Story Competition on the subject of Ten. More info to follow -

http://www.thecolefordhub.info/ten-writing-competition-shortlist-announced/

http://www.thecolefordhub.info/festival-of-words/

Event on Monday 2 July at 5.30 at Coleford Baptist Church,  27 Whitecliff, Coleford GL16 8AJ when I'll be 'unmasked'. Tickets £2.

Tickets Tickets - http://www.thecolefordhub.info/festival-of-words/2018-festival-of-words-full-programme-and-bookings/

Fabulous 20 May Stroud Short Stories event 'On Pulling Newts from Ponds & Other Stories'

It was another sell-out crowd at the SVA to welcome and applaud our ten authors - Nastasya Parker, Steve Wheeler, Val Ormrod, James Northern, Jason Jackson, Joanna Campbell, Sarah Chapman, Rick Vick, Nick Browne and Judith Gunn. A really excellent evening with all ten stories performed superbly by their authors.

Images and videos here - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/

The next event will be on 11 November 2018 as part of the Stroud Book Festival.

Talk to the Society of Authors

On Wednesday I gave a talk on The State of the Short Story to the Gloucestershire Chapter of the Society of Authors at the Amberley Inn, unsurprisingly in Amberley. I also read my flash piece 'Boyfriends' and my short story 'Da'.

Hawkesbury Upton LitFest 21 April 2018

I had a great time at Debbie Young's Hawkesbury Upton LitFest on Saturday 21 April. I chaired the short story session and read myself. I read with and chaired some brilliant writers - Ali Bacon, Nastasya Parker, Melanie Golding. Jenefer Heap, Ellie Stevenson, Deborah Jones, Mark Rutterford and Martin Brown.

I read my little stories Boyfriends, In Those Days and The First Time at her Place.