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Friday, October 30, 2009

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Pushcart Prize, Pretend Genius, Write This

Newsletter #7 announcing Pushcart prize nominees, Halloween issue and new book by Dean Strom

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pushcart prize nominations 2009

Pushcart nominations for Willesden finalists

Small presses based in the US can nominate up to six items for the Pushcart and that is what our publishers have done, nominating six out of New Short Stories 3. The nominated stories in order of appearance in the book are by Jo Lloyd, Carys Davies, Morowa Yejidé, Nick Holdstock, Jill Widner and Ben Cheetham. Congratulations and good luck to all - any could win!

There is a good possibility that some of next year's short list could also be nominated, so get your hats on and saddle up or mosey down or whatever it is writers do to get into town.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Congratulations to Jo Lloyd on another win

Asham Award winner announced

Jo Lloyd is the winner of the 2009 Asham Award. "...her gentle evocative story Because it is Running By won the £1,000 top prize announced on September 26 by chair of judges Di Speirs, executive producer for BBC Radio 4. The prize giving was held at Charleston, East Sussex, during the annual short story festival Small Wonder. The judges, who included David Constantine and Erica Wagner, were unanimous in their praise for Jo Lloyd's story. Among the tributes paid was one from novelist and short story writer Alison MacLeod. “This was one of the best stories I have read this year,” Alison commented. “Subtle, understated and poignant……a balance of eagle-eyed realism and really fresh lyricism …… with perfectly pitched rhythm of prose.” ... Jo Lloyd was brought up in Wales and now lives in Oxford. Her stories have been long listed for the Bridport Prize and she has won this year’s Willesden Herald Short Story Prize for her story Work."

Naturally everyone at your very own Willesden Herald is pleased for Jo Lloyd and not a little proud of recognising her talent earlier this year.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Can you bear to wait see what the park looks like tonight?



This recycling bin migrates up and down the street. I have returned it to St Mary Magdelene's once or twice and it's back again. Heh.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

National Express jobsworth makes pensioners leave food

I hope National Express are very happy that the driver of their coach from Newquay to Victoria, which departed at 3 p.m. on Sunday October 5th, forced three lady pensioners to leave seven Cornish pasties behind at the coach station in Newquay because of a rule about not allowing hot food on the coach. One lady lost £12 worth and with another two as well, about £15 worth of good food was wasted - or did somebody else get it?


Saturday, October 03, 2009

South East Asia crisis appeal

Save the Children UK : Donate: "Children are in desperate need after three deadly disasters in four days hit South-East Asia. We're saving children’s lives by providing food, water and other vital aid in all locations. Please help us reach more."

Osaka by night


Friday, October 02, 2009

Story for childers

The Pidey Pipeload of Hamling - Professor Stanley Unwin

Childers, see if you can list without smiley, who can stay seriose longmost. Deep joy.