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About Angela Readman
Angela Readman is a short story writer and published poet. Her debut novel Something like Breathing was published by And Other Stories in January 2019. Her short stories have won The Costa Short Story Award, The Mslexia Competition, The Anton Chekhov Award for Short Fiction, and The National Flash Fiction Day Competition. Her story collection Don't Try This at Home was short listed in The Edge Hill prize and won The Rubery Book Award.
Her poetry collection The Book of Tides is published by Nine Arches.
Angela lives with her husband in a small ramshackle cottage in the north of England. When she's not working, she's usually gardening, making crafts with felt, or fixing something. Last year, she saw a deer in her garden. It was one of her favourite moments in life.
Books By Angela Readman
Out of the doll’s house and into the woods, Bunny Girls steps out of the shadows of girlhood and looks at the world with wide eyes. Surreal, spiky, wise and darkly funny, this new collection by Costa-winning author and poet Angela Readman expertly mixes shades of film noir, northern wit, and magic realism. Through the lens of childhood, these poems address autism, anxiety, and darker concerns buried by cultural ideals of femininity.
Here in Readman’s skilful words are odes to severed heads, angels and Disney villains, Marilyn Monroe’s body double, squashed slugs, sexual awakenings, Wendy-houses and snow globes, nosebleeds and blackbirds. Women are both invisible and actively writing themselves into the visible. Where there is isolation and dislocation, its counterbalance is finding breathless, reckless joy in the acts of creation and imagination. At its heart, this enlivening, magnificent book is about darkness and light, the lovely and the frightening, the beautiful and the worrying.
It’s the 1950s, and Lorrie is unimpressed when her family moves to the remote Scottish island where her grandad runs a whisky distillery. She befriends Sylvie, the shy girl next door: ‘The slightest smile from Sylvie was a fluffy elephant at the fair. It had to be won with a clear aim,’ writes Lorrie. Yet fun-loving Lorrie isn’t sure Sylvie’s is the friendship she wants to win. As the adults around them struggle to keep their lives on an even keel, the two young women are drawn into a series of events that leave the small town wondering who exactly Sylvie is and what strange gift she is hiding.
Readman’s feel for emotional nuance and flair for mixing strangeness with poignant detail make this long-awaited debut novel one to savour.
Authors include: Robert Shapard, Etgar Keret, Bobbie Ann Mason, Meg Pokrass, Tim Stevenson, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Stuart Dybek, Santino Prinzi, Kevlin Henney, Pamela Painter, Angela Readman, Robert Scotellaro and NFFD Director, Calum Kerr.
The editors are Santino Prinzi and Meg Pokrass.
These poems teem with strange and beautiful gems, the dark sparkle of a particular strand of skewed folklore; we encounter mermaids and Joan of Arc, a man with a beard of bees, a Tattooist's daughter and Beatrix Potter's bed.
Find yourself at the cliff’s edge. Tell the truth to a man with a gun. Regret the dog. Remember a friend. Never forget her. Will the crash. Let disorder rule. Take a boat. Follow the slogans. Study the signs. Let the music die. Join a cult. Wait for the Apocalypse. Quit your job and head for the limits. Find what happens before,
during and after The End.
AJ Ashworth, Gordon Collins, Ailsa Cox, Michael Crossan, Sarah Dobbs, Tania Hershman, Zoe Lambert, Dan Powell, Aiden O’Reilly, UV Ray, Angela Readman, David Rose, Ashley Stokes, Tim Sykes, Jonathan Taylor
Sarah Hilary, Angela Readman, Claire Fuller, Paul McVeigh, Santino Prinzi, Nik Perring, Meg Pokrass, Michelle Elvy, Tim Stevenson, Debbie Young, Kevlin Henney, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and NFFD Director, Calum Kerr.
Sarah Hilary, Angela Readman, SJI Holliday, Nik Perring, Michelle Elvy, Tim Stevenson, Jonathan Pinnock, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and NFFD Director, Calum Kerr.
The editors are Calum Kerr and Angi Holden.
‘A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.’ Stephen King.
Elizabeth Baines Roelof Bakker Sarah Bower Garrie Fletcher Victoria Heath Maggie Ling Mark Mayes CS Mee Andrew Oldham Angela Readman John D Rutter KS Silkwood Jose Varghese Charles Wilkinson
Given the theme of 'The Senses' these writers have responded in unexpected ways to produce tales of love and betrayal, hope and despair, life and death.
Writers include sci-fi and crime best-seller Michael Marshall Smith, crime novelist Sarah Hillary, Costa Short-Story Prize 2014 winner Angela Readman, NFFD Director Calum Kerr and a host of others including Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Nik Perring, Nigel McLoughlin, Cathy Bryant, Tim Stevenson, Tania Hershman and Jon Pinnock.
This is a wonderful collection of stories, show-casing the vital state of flash-fiction today.
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