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Interviews and Reviews

This month, a lovely review of my book Snapshots of the Apocalypse was published in the literary magazine Mslexia. A part of it is below:

My interview with Amanda Earl, Canadian experimentalist, editor, publisher and lover of whimsy, is up at 3am Magazine. My interview with writer Sarah Schofield, author of the excellent short story collection Safely Gathered In (Comma Press) was also published at 3am Magazine.

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Yet more coverage of Snapshots of the Apocalypse

A couple more reviews of my book are out. Sharon Eckman for Everybody’s Reviewing described it as ‘fabulously inventive’ and ‘full of darkly funny one-liners’ here. The Macuniun online magazine reviewed it too, saying, ‘Wimhurst’s immense creativity is revealed in her ability to imagine multiple different detailed worlds’ and praising certain stories for being ‘funny and whimsical, fluidly weaving magical moments in a recognisable reality.’. It is comforting to get such great feedback. Each of these reviewers, despite predominantly positive comments, had a couple of criticisms of the book too. I think one has to take them on the chin and learn from it. One criticism was that one story was ‘too bizarre’, which I am secretly reassured by. I sometimes feel I curtail my Surrealist proclivities in order to get published.

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Colchester WriteNight Anthology 2021

Colchester WriteNight, a group of local Essex writers, meet regularly (including online during the pandemic) to discuss writerly things, inspire each other with writing exercises, and eat too many biscuits. Recently, they launched their ‘Open Book’ of tales, which celebrates 10 years of their existence and includes vignettes and stories conjured up during lockdown 2020. 

‘From goats and Rollers to gallery nudes, pork scratchings and the increasingly elusive Willow Wiffle, these stories will make you laugh, cry and shudder.’ It features a wide range of voices and genres. The gifted A L Kennedy has written the introduction and the book is edited by the combined creative talents of Sue Dawes and Emma Kittle-Pey. My story in it, ‘Ms Wiffle’s Open Book’, is about a book that inadvertently engenders fist fights in a sleepy village.

The collection also features stories by Sarah Armstrong, Sarah Bates Kendrick, Annie Bell, Penny Benedetti, Helen Chambers, Tim Gardiner, Phil Hurst, Wendy James, Jonathan King, Toni Peers, Mary Pullen Deacon, Clare Shaw, Doug Smith, and Alice Violett.

On Saturday 27th November 2022 there will be a launch at Colchester library 2-5pm. Unfortunately I can’t attend due to health constraints but it is sure to be a good event with plenty of story reading, fun, and mask wearing. You can book to attend the event here.

You can buy the book here published by Patrician Press.

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