Relish your dreams for the year ahead. If you wake in the night turn your thoughts from your worries to your dreams, your dreams of what you would and can do. As we plunge into 2018 here are my wishes for you, the person reading this (thank you!):
Quote from Goethe
Quote from Neil Gaiman
As a writer of shorter fiction I obviously hope that readers will want to buy and read short stories. I’m currently reading Elizabeth’s Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, which you will see described as a novel but is actually made up of short stories. All feature the character Olive Kitteridge, but each can stand alone. I wonder if the book would have been so successful if it had been promoted as a collection of short stories rather than a novel!
Anyway, I look forward to reading new short stories in 2018. The longlist for the Galley Beggar short story prize has just been announced, and all are available to read here.
I also greatly look forward to the posthumous publication in June of a new book of short stories by Helen Dunmore:
Girl, Balancing and Other Stories
The Christmas season is nearly over, but before you let it go enjoy Helen Dunmore’s story A House by the Sea, published by The Independent in 2008.
You can find lists of upcoming major art exhibitions elsewhere on the net. My shout-out for art and craft in 2018 is the wonderful range of work we have available in the seven museums which make up:
The National Museum Wales
It’s a new year, time to look forward, not back.
I’m looking forward to hearing new music in 2018. There will be lots of opportunities. Here’s one in Wales which will feature music from 19 living composers:
The Vale of Glamorgan festival
It is a shame though that only two of those composers are women. It’s good to find places that try and redress the balance. Here’s one I’ve come across:
Women in Music
Thank you to everyone who has read any of the posts on my website this year. Onwards and upwards in 2018.
I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.
My twelve days of Christmas, celebrating creativity, will continue in the early days of the New Year, looking ahead now, not back!