Saturday, 2 January 2010


A couple of great print publications for December and an acceptance from one of my favourite online literary journals. Something that never went away Edited by Perlita Harris with Chris Waterman, ISBN 978-0-9509901-9-4 Reflections on adoption. Published by AAA-NORCAP.
I have three pieces in here. One short story written in 2004, never published before. One excerpt from Cactus Man, which was solicited by the editors - lovely! And a flash. From the website:
Contributors tell it like it is in poetry artwork and prose. This highly original anthology brings together established writers, emerging writers and those who have never been published before, plus contributions from a range of celebrities including Kriss Akabusi, Jo Brand, Tracey Emin, David Gower, Lenny Henry, Richard Rogers, Alan Sillitoe, Clare Short, Meera Syal, Joanna Trollope, Gok Wan and Benjamin Zephaniah.
A number of established writers who are adopted or have been in care can also be found here. They include Nicole J Burton, Vanessa Gebbie, Valerie Mason-John, Zara H Phillips, Jacqueline Walker and Alex Wheatle. The artwork on the front cover is by birth mother, Lynne Byron, and inspired by her experience of relinquishing her baby to adoption.

I have a story in ORBIS 149 – and am delighted to share the publication with two poems by Kate Dempsey, who blogs at Emerging Writer HERE and who was kind enough to host me on my Short Circuit ramble ..sorry, blog tour, in December.
And a flash, “Stitches” accepted by Rusty Barnes at his great lit ezine, Night Train, for their Firebox Fiction slot. This was written at the writing retreat at the chapel in Wales this July and am soo pleased its now having a second airing.


Nik Perring said...

Excellent news, V! Congrats. And happy new year. X

Rachel Fenton said...

That's a great start to 2010.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Thank you both, and Happy New Year to you as well. Lots of happy times, and good writing.