Author Archives: James Holden

About James Holden

Brought up in Yorkshire, James has washed up on the shores of London. He spends his days working as a political geek. His short stories have previously been read by the Liars League.

James Holden: Some thoughts on the 2015 National Short Story Award

Like last year, I thought I’d post my thoughts about the BBC’s Short Story of the Year competition. If you’re not familiar with it, this award is open stories that have previously been published or authors who have a track … Continue reading

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James Holden: Do lists on good writing say more about their author?

A couple of weeks I stumbled upon a list of “53 ways to improve your short stories”, published as part of the promotion for a new collection of stories by the Irish writer Thomas Morris. It’s quite a long list, … Continue reading

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James Holden: The Pen Behind His Ear

In an office full of eccentrics, Paul seemed relatively sane by comparison. There were no comedy ties, no opening of meetings with a commentary on Jimmy Webb lyrics, or extreme exercise or dietary regimes. But what he did have, was a … Continue reading

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6 Word Flash Fiction (July)

Every month writer and blogger Morgen Bailey asks for 6 word flash fiction. A couple of mine have been included, and you can find them here : Flash Fiction Friday 166: 6-word stories – http://wp.me/p18Ztn-9PQ

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James Holden: Colin Barrett’s riot of language

Although I’m not getting much writing done myself at the moment, my commute to work means that I still have the time to read, and I’ve just finished reading Colin Barrett’s collection of short stories, Young Skins. One of my … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Friday 165: 6-word stories

Originally posted on MorgEn Bailey – Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Tutor & Writing Guru:
Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and sixty-fifth piece in this series. This week’s is the twenty-third bunch of 6-word stories by a…

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James Holden: Sarah Waters and keeping track of progress

Sarah Waters is one of my favourite authors, not only for the trilogy of Victorian novels with which she made her name, but her most recent wartime and post-war novels The Night Watch and The Little Friend. So I was delighted … Continue reading

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