Friday night was the night we'd all been waiting for - the 2014 To Hull and Back Anthology launch, at Foyles bookshop in Bristol!
As you may already know from previous blog posts, I was a judge for the short story competition which led to this anthology, along with other members of my writing group. It was a pleasure and an honour to read all of the stories and be part of the whole experience. It was wonderful to meet some of the authors at the launch - they'd travelled from various places in the UK and one came all the way form France! We had readings from the first and second place winners, pictures, signings, snacks and lots and lots of wine. Waaaaaaay too much wine in fact!
It felt like the book was a group achievement, not just the writing group but will all the people in it, and it's fantastic to be part of that. I'm so grateful to everyone involved, and especially Chris Fielden for making it all possible.
The most exciting thing about it is, we get to do it all over again next year! The competition is already open, you can enter it here:
And if you still haven't got your copy of the 2014 Anthology you can buy it here:
Like many of you out there, my news feed on Facebook at the moment has been mostly dominated by pictures of a greased up arse. I'm not going to mention her name (that would be giving her even MORE publicity!) but you all know who I mean. I've been wondering to myself, why? Just generally, why would a woman choose to try and take over the internet with pictures of themselves naked? Fame and money? Attention? Surely she has enough already. Or is she merely giving her fans what they want?
The media can be blamed a lot nowadays, I often do blame it too, but what if the media are purely giving us what we want - may we have to stop blaming and take responsibility for the kind of society we have become? It seems people find it easier to place the blame.
Sometimes female celebrities posing nude is seen as 'liberating' - they are making a feminist point apparently. Recently a famous actress did a topless shoot (not naming again for same reasons!) to 'make her point', which just happened to be released just as her new film was released.
How can we make a valid point about feminism by taking our clothes off? The irony of that is beyond me. It seems that a lot of women want to prove their acceptance of their own bodies by posing nude or scantily clad - can we not be happy with our bodies whilst wearing a few more clothes?
If you have to get naked to prove your point, it is likely to be missed with the distraction of two other points (sorry, bad joke I know). If a woman is comfortable in her own skin, I applaud her, but why the need to prove that anyone else?