Big Bridge publishes our responses to the US 2008 elections.

While we were still basking in the morning after glow of last November, we were asked by the editor of Big Bridge to record our feelings about this historical event. Even today, in the day light of “politics as usual”, I still feel like something great was achieved that night.

Have a read, Big Bridge’s Election 2008 reports from London and see if you feel the same.


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Another chance to catch us live!

Don’t forget, the authors from What We Were Thinking Just Before The End will be performing live readings at the Respect Festival this Sunday July 5th, starting at 6:00 PM. We’ll be in the Storytellers Tent, near Robson Avenue. Meet the authors, hear some good stories, and enjoy a free summer evening out.

For more information, access routes and a festival map, see the Brent Council website.

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Thursday was first launch event, featuring readings from our anthology contributors, food, drinks, and a special appearance by Joe Dunthorpe. Photos of the fun after the break… Continue reading

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This Collection Transmits by Jarred McGinnis

My short story “This Collection Transmits” has just been published by Bartleby Snopes. You can read it here. If you like it, please send the editor your vote.

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WgWg Author is the People's Choice

At the recent Spread the Word Novel Pitch Competition, anthology author Jarred McGinnis was voted the “People’s Choice” for his recently completed novel, Pissing on Dolphins, an unusual coming of age story about a fatherless son growing up in Florida, USA €“ think Catcher in the Rye meets Geek Love.

Over 180 aspiring novelists, from all over the United Kingdom, submitted a short synopsis and a 2000-word extract. McGinnis and five others were short listed as finalists for the 25th of April event.

At the finale, a panel, including Juliette Mitchell from Penguin Books, Ellah Allfrey from Random House, Peter Straus from the Rogers, Coleridge and White Agency, Nii Ayikwei Parkes from Flipped Eye Publishing and Caroline McCarthy from the Literary Consultancy, critiqued each finalist’s excerpt and novel pitch. Professional Actors did a reading of the excerpts while the novelists read their pitch.

McGinnis came a close second to the panel prize and bagged the Audience€™s Choice Award. The panellist Juliette Mitchell praised his performance on the Penguin UK website: €œWell done to Jarred McGinnis, the audience’s thoroughly deserving champion.”

The award includes a fountain pen, a leather-bound writing journal and a professional reading of his novel by the Literary Consultancy.
Read more about his novel here.

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