Review Of All That Is Between Us, by K. M. Elkes

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Last month, K.M. Elkes’ marvellous debut flash fiction collection All That Is Between Us was launched at Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol. The book is available in paperback from the online bookshop at Ad Hoc Fiction and in digital format on kindle and has received much advanced acclaim from writers Tania Hershman; Kathy Fish; David Gaffney; Nuala O’Connor; Meg Pokrass; Angela Readman; David Swann and Sophie Van Llewyn. It has already been sent off all over the world and we are delighted that Award-winning flash fiction writer Shannon Savvas, based in Cyprus, has written a new review of it below.
Jude Higgins, Ad Hoc Fiction,


Review by Shannon Savvas
Last year, I read a story by K.M. Elkes, ‘A Punch to the Heart’, and fell in love with his writing. Now this – a collection of his work in one lovely book, All That Is Between Us. Three parts, forty flash fictions, one map of the connections and disconnections of people. Without trying to be too clever or obvious, K. M. Elkes treads lightly over stepping stones of light and dark which stretch across the wastelands, minefields and pleasure parks of human emotions. His stories hint at human frailties, disappointments, regrets and triumphs all held together by unglamorous yet abiding versions of love.
In each section – ‘Parents and Children’, ‘Friends and Strangers’, ‘Couples and Lovers’, certain pieces resonate, others are simply admired and enjoyed for their form, dexterity and heart. This perhaps says more about who I am and where I am in my life than the strength of his pieces. I liked all the stories even those that perplexed me (‘The Noise was Blades’ is a puzzler), felt a connection with some of them and adored a few: ‘A Secret Weight’, ‘Dry Run’, and ‘Manhattan, 2am’ all stood out for me. I loved ‘The King of Throwaway Island’ with its pathos and humour, ‘Biological’s’ characterisation, “There are cigarettes and long nights in her voice…”, and ‘Sisyphus and the Black Holes’ with the wonderful line that stopped me in my tracks, “The midwife doesn’t tell you she slaps them so they stay angry.”
It will depend on the life you’ve lived and the heart you have which stories sing to you, but all are a joy.

Shannon Savvas is a New Zealand writer who divides her heart and life between Cyprus, England and New Zealand. Winner of Reflex Fiction (Winter 2017), the Cuirt New Writing Prize (Galway, Ireland) (March 2019), runner up in Flash500 Short Story March 2019, TSS Cambridge Flash FictionMay 2019. Published in Gulf Coast Online and print/online Issue 12 Into the Void, March/April 2019. Longlisted, shortlisted and commended here and there. Published online (Storgy Magazine, Inktears, Reflex Fiction, Fictive Dream,Cabinet of Heed, Headland Journal NZhttp://headland.org.nz (Issue 1-2015 & Issue 13-2018 and contributor to Horizons 3, Bath Flash Fiction, Bath Short Story Award, Fish, Reflex Fictionanthologies (2017, 2018)

 

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Flash Fiction Festival UK, 2018

 

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Booking is now open for the 2018  Flash Fiction Festival UK funded by Bath Flash FictionAward, taking place at Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, Friday evening 20th July – Sunday late afternoon, 22nd July this year, 2018.

We’ve a great line of up workshops, talks, readings and book launches, by leading flash fiction writers and tutors from the UK, the US, Ireland and Germany as well as open-mic sessions for all participants.

TFlash-Fiction-Festivalhere’s an informal picnic and open-mic on Friday night in the extensive grounds where you can  meet and mingle with fellow flash fiction fans. We’ve a raffle with great prizes including a week’s writing retreat in Italy, a festival long mini competition with prizes, a bar, a book shop and the opportunity to submit fictions you begin at the festival  workshops to Flash Fiction Festival Anthology Two which will be published in 2018. All contributors receive a free copy.

We’d love you to come to learn about, write and read flash fiction and have fun with other enthusiasts. Beginners and experienced writers from all backgrounds welcome.  Places going fast. More details  and to book at flashfictionfestival.com  £200. (£230 includes all meals). Tea, coffee and biscuits free through out the workshop. Help with finding value accommodation. Six places for caravans.

25th November. Flashy times in Bristol and Bath

Bath-Flash-Fiction-AwardSome people write a  novel in November. Others write a flash a day. Join in the November flashy fun at Bath Flash Fiction Award’s ‘Flashathon’, an intensive day of writing and editing flash fiction at Trinity College, Bristol this coming Saturday 25th November, from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. Be inspired by a variety of prompts from Meg Pokrass, flash fiction writer editor and tutor and current judge for the Bath Flash Fiction novella-in-flash award and Jude Higgins  flash fiction writer and founder of the Bath Flash Fiction Award. You’re guaranteed to produce at least six new pieces plus get advice, tips and encouragement on all aspects of flash. £45

NoirflashLater the same day come to ‘Flash Noir’ at, St James’ Wine Vaults Bath, an evening of darker-themed flash fiction . From 7.30-9.30pm. Six writers reading short- short stories. Expect suspense, mini-thrillers and black comedy from published  flash writers, Meg Pokrass, KM Elkes, Jason Jackson Damhnait Monaghan, John Wheway and Christopher Stanley. Cost £5. Free nibbles. Late Bar. Students can come free. Hope to see you there.

Book soon here for both events

Flash Fiction Readings in Bath, 29th July

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If you’re in or near Bath on Friday evening, 29th July,  do come to hear fabulous flash fiction writers at our Evening of Readings organised by Jude Higgins at Bath Flash Fiction Award. Readings from acclaimed US flash-fiction writer, poet, writing teacher and editor, Meg Pokrass, who will be reading from51oCRJs7VwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ her new collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down

Carrie Etter poet, flash-fiction writer and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University who will be reading from her new pamphlet HometownHometown-001

together with award winning local flash-fiction writers

K M Elkes, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons

 

Venue: St James Wine Vaults, Bath.

Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Cost £5. Places limited. Book now at bathflashfictionaward.com via paypal or any card

 

Earlybird offers for Bath Flash Fiction Award end April 10th

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Earlybird reduced entry offers for this round of the international bathflashfictionaward.com end at midnight, April 10th.One entry,£7.50. Two entries, £12.00

(You can buy triple entries for £18 until the contests ends on June 12th). Entry is free for winners of our  free-to-enter weekly micro contest AdHocFiction.com  

Prizes: £1000 first, £300 second and £100 third.

300 word limit.

Be inspired to write your piece by reading our interviews with February Award winning and commended writers, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Al Kratz, Clodagh O’Brien and Peter Blair.

Michelle Elvy, writer, editor and Director of National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand will Bath-Flash-Fiction-Awardjudge the fifty stories on the longlist, choose a shortlist, three winners and two commended flash fictions. Writers of all the longlisted stories will be offered publication in an anthology forthcoming at the end of this year. Entries from around the globe welcome.

 

Bath Short Story Award 2016 closes next month

Just  five weekends left to write, revise and submit your entries to the 2016
International Bath Short Story award. 

  • The award closes at midnight BST, Monday 25th April, 2016

To remind you – 1st prize, £1000, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Local prize £50, Acorn award for unpublished writers, £50. Our short list judge is BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth. Entry fee £8 via paypal or any card online. Postal entries also accepted.

  • For  competition writing tips and advice on making those last minute tweaks, check out our  author interviews. The latest, up on the site now, is by Paul McVeigh.

All winning, shortlisted and a selection of the longlisted stories will be published in a print and digital anthology available at our anthology launch at  Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath  in  October or November 2016.

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  • As an end of competition special, we’re selling our 2015 BSSA anthology for £6.00 only, inc p&p. Twenty stories by the following wonderful writers –  Safia Moore, Dan Powell, Angela Readman, Ken Elkes, Lucy Corkhill, Eileen Merriman, Sophie Lambert, Sara Collins, Barbara Weeks, Emma Seaman, Anne Corlett, Emily Devane, Anna Metcalfe, Alice Falconer, Adam Kucharski, Fran Landsman, Fiona Mitchell, Chris Edwards-Pritchard, Debbi Voisey and John Holland.

 

We love reading your stories – entries from around the globe  in any style/genre welcome

 

 

Bath Flash Fiction Award – Third round open

The third round of the international Bath Flash Fiction Award is now open for entries. Up to 300 word pieces in all styles and genres welcome. The Award closes 12th June, 2016.

£1000 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize

Reduced  entry fees until April 10th  One entry  £7.50. Two entries £12.00. Three entries £18. Free entry if you win our free weekly micro-contest adhocfiction.com

All longlisted writers will be offered publication in our 2016 anthology. Published writers will receive one free copy of the anthology.

Our judge for the June Award is writer, editor, manuscript assessor and founder of National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand, Michelle Elvy.  She’ll select a longlist of 50 stories, a short list of 20, three winners and two commended stories. Read our interviews with her to find out all you want to know about flash fiction.

We’d love to read your pieces. Before you enter, why not check out the February 2016 winners’ stories and interviews. And read the report from our February judge, Tania Hershman