Well, October 31st has been and gone, during which something very earnest and important in the UK political landscape should have apparently happened but did not, BUT, something of a great deal more importance in the UK literary scene very much DID happen. Indeed, not even a mad squadron of a thousand flaming hogs could have prevented it from doing so.
I refer, of course, to Chris Fieden's To Hull & Back competition anthology for humorous short fiction.
Again I was asked to be on the judging panel, and ever, putting the shortlist of 20 into any semblance of order was super, super tough. The team got there in the end though, and it with congratulations we welcome Alan MacGlas, with his story "Casandra's Week", as this year's overall winner.
Here's the link for Chris's page where you can choose how and where to buy this year's collection, including the first time in print of one of my own early stories, "Poverty Gap", first published by the sport fiction website Strange Bounce.
Back in August I had the pleasure, for the second time this year, in visiting Bristol to attend and read at the fabulous Talking Tales night of live storytelling.
This time the evening doubled as the launch event for our two most recent "Challenged" anthologies: Adverbially Challenged Volume 4, and Sensorially Challenged Volume 2.
As ever, everyone's contributions were filmed; below you'll see me talk about how Mike's Not Entirely Serious Adverb Writing Challenge came to be, and also read a mini-story/flash fiction from each of the books.