I was part of a fun evening of flash fiction readings in Bath last week. It was a packed house, an excellent atmosphere and brought home to me how good this type of fiction is for reading events. Literary festival organisers should take note – flash works!
The event was organised by Jude Higgins, who is pretty much Dame Flash of Bath, as she is the person behind the Bath Flash Fiction Award as well as being a successful flash writer herself.
Other writers/readers were:
- Santino Prinzi, Flash Fiction editor of Firefly Magazine who was reading from his Chapbook Dots, and other flashes of perception which is due to be published by Nottingham Review in September.
- Bath writer Diane Simmons, who has been widely published in short story and flash fiction anthologies and magazines. You can find out more via her website.
- Carrie Etter, who is so renowned as a poet she has her own Wikipedia page, but also has a stellar rep as a flash writer – her new Chapbook of flash stories Hometown is available from V.Press.
- Meg Pokrass, who was reading from her flash collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down from Etruscan Press (and the copyright holder of the image on this post that I have borrowed shamelessly). Meg has published a number of flash books, does flash readings, teaches flash, edits flash magazines. In short, she quite likes flash fiction.
Why the utter filth in the heading of this post, well that might have been down to one of my flashes which might have been about cunnilingus followed by a flash from Meg Pokrass that had a description of a part of a woman’s anatomy as a ‘velvet donation box’.
Now that may sound less than classy and hardly the highbrow kind of evening you might expect, but all I can say is – the audience lapped it up!