Writer Elaine Chiew kindly invited me to be interviewed for the Asian Books Blog, to talk about ‘The Map of Bihar and Other Stories’ and about my approach to writing generally. I’m delighted to be reaching another audience here. See if what I have to say resonates with you.
Reader, actress Valerie Roche. Keep an ear out for this internet radio station based on Merseyside, UK. They run a regular Poetry and Fiction hour on Thursday evenings, 7-8pm, BST.
Meet two exceptionally prescient tennis playing twins who drive their ‘long-serving’ mother almost to distraction. Their fast track careers take them from Mumbai to the London Olympics, where things take an unexpected turn. Find them, and lots of other goodies in the anthology ‘This Rome Drowns Slowly’, published by Earlyworks Press. You can get it here:
‘Utterly charming, racy and visual.’ – Ida Lichter, writer and campaigner for Muslim women’s rights.
Delighted to be a guest at this very busy festival in Mumbai, on a panel talking about the short story as a lens through which to view India. Curator: Indira Chandrashekar.
Meet two tennis-playing nightmares, whose home town is Mumbai, but whose meteoric career takes them all round the world until they arrive at the London Olympics. Meet their poor, harassed mother, Meena, who follows them every step of the way until she can go no further. Read it for free here in this journal of delights. My story starts on page 139.
Gorgeous cover showing cashew nuts growing by Jimmy Mathew.
My short story of this name appears in a remarkable online archive hosted by the University of East Anglia in partnership with Norfolk Library Service. The story is an abridged version of ‘Where Is Chandernagore?’ which first appeared in the online literary journal ‘Kaani’. It makes reference to the WSPU organiser, Mary Phillips, but it’s really a tribute to all of the women of the North East of England who struggled so hard to get women the vote. It’s set in 1909 at the time of Churchill’s visit to Newcastle as President of the Board of Trade. There are many other stories on the site too. Worth a visit. Free read! Comments welcome.
‘The Map of Bihar’ launches today at The Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF. Don’t miss it!
Published by Circaidy Gregory Press, 15th June 2019, with endorsements by writer Farrukh Dhondy and Cathy Galvin, writer and founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and The Word Factory. ISBN 978-1-910841-51-8. Available from the publisher:
or from the highly recommended Speedy Hen Books: https://www.speedyhen.com/Product/Janet-H-Swinney/The-Map-of-Bihar–and-other-stories/24392042
or from Amazon.