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.
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.
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.
A story set on the Deccan plain, about a rickshaw driver and the laws of karma. This story was a finalist in the Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition 2018, and you can find in the anthology ‘Unsafe Spaces’ published by Circaidy Gregory Press, along with the work of other finalists. Available directly from the publisher.
A story about sexual abuse and its effects, set in the North East of England. There’s a strong flavour of the Sixties in this story. Selected by Cathy Galvin, co-founder of the Sunday Times/EFG short story competition for the website of ‘The Word Factory’.
Find it here. This is a free read!!
Vikram, Julie and their teenage son make their first trip to India together to visit Vikram’s family. Nobody can quite fathom the etiquette of this situation though, and when an old man turns up outside the family home and sits there endlessly, this triggers all kinds of cultural collisions and misunderstandings. Published by the Indian Review. This is a free read!!
The year is 1909, and women in the UK are actively seeking the vote, opposed by a certain Mr. Churchill. One young woman in the the North East of England finds herself caught up in the turmoil. Published in India by Kaani literary journal. This is a free read!
In Scotland’s capital city, Lyndsey is at an emotional low, as she struggles to keep her relationship with her dissolute boyfriend, Den, going. The something happens that has the potential to change their lives. Meanwhile, round the corner, events that have significance for the nation are unfolding. What connection might there be between these events? This story appears in the anthology, ‘The Sorcery of Smog’, published by Earlyworks Press.
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