Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Views and reviews

"Inspiring night at Costa Coffee for the Short Story Night, with writers Jo Lloyd, Jill Widner, and Margot Taylor. Wise words from Rana Dasgupta who this year replaced Zadie Smith as judge of the Willesden Herald prize" (Lane7)

"I’ve just finished reading Jo Lloyd’s Work, and it is superb - a poignant and sensitive study of loneliness, bond-building and alienation within the workplace, that is subtly understated, and all the more powerful for that." (Jenny Barden)

"Another highlight is Amy by Nick Holdstock, who very ably and wryly depicts the sometimes quite contrary nature of the male psyche. The collections ends on a very high note with Ben Cheetham’s The Hate Club, a great evocation of how cruel hormone-ridden teens can be, and the pain that such actions can cause later in life." (Authortrek)

In the news on the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award site (The Short Story)


Dedicated website: New Short Stories


Anonymous said...

All of the short stories in this years Willesden herald were engaging. however, my personal Hands down favorite was Tokyo chocolate by Morowa Yejide. I loved the layered depth of the relationship developed between Katrina and her Host Mother. the ending snatched the heart from my chest. Morowa Yejide is the writer to watch. I will certainly be looking forward to reading her future work.

David Barney said...

"Tokyo Chocolate" by Morowa Yejide took my breath away. It's a poignant story of cultural distance and human connection, beautifully written. Don't miss this one!

C. Thomas said...

"Tokyo Chocolate," by Morowa Yejide was a vivid depiction cultural distances and the universal connectedness that love provides. The relationship between Katrina and her host mother was deftly demonstrated and very moving.

I look forward to reading more of Ms. Yejide's work in the future.

JoMeadow said...

Morowa Yejide really captured the foreign student experience perfectly in "Tokyo Chocolate". The depth of the images in her wonderful writing really gives the reader an enriching new experience. .. especially with the powerful exposure of what is left unsaid. A great read, and I agree that she is a writer to watch for.

Sagit said...

"Captivated" describes how I felt when I read the first sentence of Tokyo Chocolate. "Profoundly moved" describes how I felt when I reached the end of the story.
From the beginning, Yejide draws the reader into a vividly detailed account of one woman's experience in a foreign land. By weaving together the subtle nuances of cross-cultural communication with the frailties we all share as the human race, Yejide delivers a much welcome injection of creativity to the short story genre. Her writing leaves you wanting more...much more. Well done!

Bridges-Bond said...

The dance of ever evolving human relationships is poignantly experienced through the writing of Morowa Yejide in Tokyo Chocolate. The imagery is breath taking; pulling the reader into a foreign land that rings with familiarity. Cultural differences clash and yet create a beautiful harmonic song. This writer took me to a place I did not want to relinquish. Morowa Yejide is a gifted writer, that we should keep our eyes on. I will be on the look out for her next publication.

Langauge Arts-Middle Grades said...

Tokyo Chocolate was a heart felt read, full of details that transported the reader to the very time and place where the story took place, making us quiet observers of the characters interactions.