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AMW.1 / OLD.NEW / May 2018
GAIL ALDWIN / Baking /gailaldwin.com
Award Winning author Gail has become Dorset’s foremost expert in Paisley, following the release of her new book ‘Paisley Shirt’ – a collection of short fiction. ‘Baking’ came from the collision of two ideas centred around themes of remembrance.
CS MEE / Feeling Atoms / csmeewriter.com
‘Feeling Atoms’ began as a writing exercise on the theme of science. I did not have to look far in my search for inspiration since my husband is an experimental physicist who works with atomic force microscopes. The AFM is a fascinating instrument and this story was an opportunity to describe it for a wider readership.
JAMES HATTON / Branham’s Elephant / jameshattonwriting.wordpress.com
I live and work in Thailand where I’m a teacher at a primary school in Bangkok. It’s a thankless task, but on the plus side corporal punishment is still acceptable. Cars have replaced elephants as a means of transport of course and you can only see elephants at the zoo. A curious fact is that to secure a job as a schoolteacher here you need to be tested for elephantiasis. I doubt this had anything to do with why I wrote about an elephant but who knows. I’m also editor of The Bangkok Literary Review which is not on the shelves yet but will showcase some of the most talented Thai writers in translation and will be supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.
Since publication, James has produced BKKLIT: The Bangkok Literary Review. You can find it, and buy it, here: https://bkklit.com/
ABIGAIL NUTTALL / The Snow Woman
This piece was inspired by the story of Yuki-Onna, a Japanese folktale. There are many variations of this story, I chose a version where the spirit longs to live with humans and is cursed to turn to snow whenever she is touched.
RHYS TIMSON / Everybody’s Waiting / rhystimson.wordpress.com
The story was inspired by medieval representations of death as a physical being and by the idea that, as you get older, you become more familiar with death until – by the end – you know him well. You are almost on first-name terms.
MARK TOINTON / Fridays
I have visited many of the world’s wild places, including Antarctica and the North Pole. Unlike the physical world, our minds know no boundaries. My short story started with a random thought: “What if a door appeared in a wall?” That’s it.
LYNNE C. DOYLE / A Little Flash
Living in a small town in Dorset, I am mostly inspired by everyday occurrences and observing people in their natural habitat. The truth is stranger than fiction, and often much funnier too.
DANIEL ROSS / Bookmarks In Time
This memoir was triggered by a song, and the need to write about my Dad, my childhood and the music of that period, before it’s too late and I start forgetting all the details. I’m also still pretty annoyed about the record player so this has been cathartic.
PENNY ROGERS / Just A Spoonful
I have experienced first-hand how important tradition, kinship and community are to African families, so how possible is it to be part of a society if you have no family and your behaviour (in Richard’s case alcoholism) distances you from your adopted community.
RICHARD NICHOLSON / Hard Graft
As a keen writer, as well as gardener & horticulturalist, I was inspired by the idea of grafting fruit, the old and the new, as echoed by the main characters and the passing on of knowledge to the next generation.
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AMW.2 / BEFORE.AFTER / September 2018
VICTORIA-MELITA ZAMMIT / Five Seconds / https://ofscriptedshadows.wordpress.com/
Is a twenty-something writer and poet from Malta. Her writing generally centres around themes of abandonment, love and loss, and found families. ‘Five Seconds’ is an experiment in time, and looks at the excitement and general nerves and expectations that hover around a one night stand.
JIM BATES / Remembrance Day
Jim lives in a small town in Minnesota and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and being outdoors. If pressed, he would say that life has been good to him. As anyone knows who’s had to go through it, dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult, if not sometimes impossible. Remembrance Day is one man’s attempt to cope with just such a loss.
PAULA HARMON / Lacemaker /https://paulaharmondownes.wordpress.com/
‘Lacemaker’ was inspired by the idea that ‘craft’ is synonymous with magic and needlework has a secret, powerful language all of its own. A companion piece ‘Needlecraft’ is in her book ‘Weird & Peculiar Tales’.
CATY MILLS / Typewriting
This story came to me a while ago when I was lying under a desk in the eaves of my grandparents attic, thinking about them. Quite a few members of my family write and the idea that they will always live on through their stories comforts me.
RP NEWELL / One Night Stand
An unexpected encounter is often the inspiration for my stories. This one began its life as a conversation on a train. “Patrick” was charming and engaging but we went on to have the same conversation three times on one short journey.
FIONA MILLS / The Healing Power Of Shells
Finding the other half of a broken shell on a beach appears so improbable that it filled me with a sense of joy when it happened. It seemed a perfect metaphor for finding love when you least expect it, especially as it was almost heart-shaped when made whole.
PENNY FORTHAM / Love Gone Cold
Like many writers, I am inspired by the world around me, but mainly by the people within it, who fascinate and entertain me on a regular basis. The painful reality of a break-up is seen in cafes around the world, we’ve all been there. Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.
ROBIN WRIGLEY / No Direction Home
Robin started writing fiction in his early seventies. He has spent most of his adult life in over twenty foreign countries as a land surveyor and country manager in geophysical exploration for oil. His experiences have given him a wealth of potential stories.
NEIL MASON / It Sort Of Begins Like This…
I make a living a journalist and, like most hacks, have a stash of writing “for fun”. The piece for AMW is taken from chats (I’d call them interviews, but they aren’t that grand) with my mum and dad. It’s easy to forget that the best stories often don’t lie with the rich and famous, but with those a little closer to home if only we’d think to ask.
DANIEL ROSS / The Bookshelves Of Eternity
‘Bookshelves’ is about how people devise mechanisms for survival and how we need other people in our lives, even if we think we don’t. His writing usually is themed around people living on the edges, trying find a way in or perhaps a way out. He sees life, and so his stories, through a slightly warped lens.
CAITLIN CORDING / On The Tip Of Her Tongue
The idea to came to me whilst in a café and I witnessed twin sisters arguing about money. Charged with caffeine and inspiration, I grabbed my pen and scribbled five words on a napkin: a poisoning attempt gone wrong.
RICHARD WHEAL / An Impure Heroine
I’ve spent a lifetime in secondary schools and this story, which is founded in truth, was inspired by the way schools separate children into different classes, label them and still expect even those who feel left out to behave well.
ANGHARAD WALKER / Retrace
Retrace was born out of a Craig Finn song and a love for Salisbury Cathedral. You can find more of my fiction and poetry in Structo, Agenda Broadsheets and Ink Sweat & Tears. You can also follow me on Twitter @AngharadWalker.