The Lampeter Review 12


The latest issue of The Lampeter Review is out today and, to my delight, includes my short story ‘White Nudes’.

The Lampeter Review is the child of the Lampeter Creative Writing Centre and publishes new and emerging writers while also commissioning established authors. Issue 12 includes a short story by Cynan Jones, whose novel The Dig I just love.

You can read the issue online here.

‘Story Shop’: Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Carol Farrelly reading at Edinburgh Book Festival

I’ll be reading at ‘Story Shop’ this month, a daily short-story slot at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Story Shop is a wonderful showcase for new and emerging writers run by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, and is now in its ninth year.  Do pop into the lovely Spiegeltent on my day, Monday 31st August. And do come along any or every day at 4pm, from 15th to 31st, to enjoy this year’s Story Shop writers.

In the meantime, here are audio previews for each of the seventeen writers.

wideshot of audience in Spiegeltent

The Rooftop Busker: New Writing Scotland 33

Front cover of NWS 33: painting of The Blue Violinist by Marc Chagall

I’m so pleased to have my short story, ‘The Rooftop Busker’, appear as the title piece in this year’s New Writing Scotland anthology. I’ll be reading from my story at the Edinburgh launch in Blackwell’s bookshop 1st September. The event is free and tickets can be reserved from  Blackwell’s.

This latest anthology from ASLS, edited by Gerry Cambridge and Diana Hendry, includes new work from writers such as Anne Donovan, Jim Carruth, Lesley Glaister, Vicki Jarrett and my old MLitt classmate Duncan Muir amongst many others. And it’s been lovely luxuriating in all their wonderful writing.

Popshot Magazine 13

Illustration by Jörn Kaspuhl: young man treading amber sea
© Jörn Kaspuhl

My short story ‘Walking Water’ is out today in the latest ‘Outsider’ issue of Popshot Magazine.

Popshot is a thing of beauty: fiction and poetry with glorious illustration. The artist Jörn Kaspuhl has illustrated my story: I love how he has caught my character, walking water.

It’s also lovely to appear alongside the talented poet Emma Simon, my fellow Jerwood/Arvon mentee. Her poem, ‘The Fish Man’, is a beautifully observed study of another character out of his natural element.

Finally, you can enjoy a taste of Popshot 13 here.

The Totleigh Barton Magic


Two weeks have already passed since I returned from my Masterclass Residency at Totleigh Barton, but the magic continues… My stay was a exhilarating initiation into my year as a Jerwood/Arvon mentee. I met eight wonderful writers – you can read about them here – and we were spun into various states of creativity during our workshops. We rewrote some D.H. Lawrence; we recast fairy tales into plays, diagnosing Rapunzel with Stockholm syndrome and introducing IVF into the Sleeping Beauty story; and we wrote a load of poems in three hours. We cooked and ate and drank – very, very well. And on the final night, compèred by the incomparable Sarah, we shared readings of our work-in-progress. Time to turn to my novel in earnest. Long may the Totleigh Barton magic continue!

Awarded Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship 2015/16


I am thrilled to have been awarded a place on the 2015/16 Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme.

The scheme, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, selects three fiction writers, three poets and three playwrights to work with a mentor in their field. And so, over the next year, I’ll be working on my novel with the wonderful Ross Raisin who wrote ‘Waterline’ and, one of my all-time favourites, ‘God’s Own Country’.

I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, which starts with a masterclass residency in Arvon’s Totleigh Barton. Nine Go to Devon!

Until Only the Mountain Remains

Carol Farrelly reading at the launch
Reading on the night

Next Friday, I will be reading at an evening of story-telling and poetry, Until Only the Mountain Remains, at the Talbot Rice Gallery.  This evening is the culmination of a project inspired by the artist Christopher Orr’s current exhibition, ‘The Beguiled Eye’. I’m  looking forward to reading and to hearing how other writers such as Dilys Rose, Jane McKie and Allyson Stack have interpreted Orr’s haunting paintings. My story, ‘Silent One’, is a response to the  painting of that name. We see a couple standing by a gorge, looking down at a face that appears to float in the darkness  We cannot see their faces. We don’t know their reactions, but their body language is strangely relaxed, unperturbed. And so I wondered why this might be.

My story can be read online.

‘Silent One’, Christopher Orr

RLS Q&A: ‘In the Footsteps of Stevenson’


Another year and it’s Robert Louis Stevenson Day in Edinburgh once more! Edinburgh City of Literature has again rustled up a terrific programme of RLS events. As part of the celebrations, Edinburgh City of Literature have run a series of interviews entitled ‘In the Footsteps of Stevenson’ and you can read my Q&A here.  Last year, I was an RLS Fellow and enjoyed a summer of writing in the beautiful village of Grez-sur-Loing, where Stevenson spent many summers. Other interviewees include the writer James Robertson, actor Nigel Planer and poet Andrew Motion. Follow their following footsteps...