Category Archives: Bits and Pieces

The Clerkenwell Post

The Clerkenwell Writers Asylum is featured in the January/February 2017 edition (#35) of free lifestyle/culture magazine The Clerkenwell Post.  Available in print or online, the feature includes an exclusive short story by Alby Stone, Hyena at the Watering Hole.

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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: 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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who has read the works of Herbert Quain?

I particularly love this Irish writer’s 1936 work “April March”, a novel with nine different beginnings which fork back in time… Actually I haven’t read anything by him and I doubt you have either. Have you ever had an idea … Continue reading

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James Holden: The language of writing

Last week there were a couple of items in the news that touched on the choices writers make when it comes to choosing words. The first was a feature in The Guardian, who asked authors for their favourite words. Will Self … Continue reading

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creative writing for fun but not profit

I think most of us in the Writer’s Asylum are realistic about the limited opportunities for financial profit from our writing. I wrote in March about some of the outlets for creative writing that have arisen as a result of … Continue reading

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