A site for sore eyes

I’m Bruce Harris and I’m now, I’m happy to say, a published writer of short fiction and poetry. My collection ‘First Flame’ was published in 2013 and includes twenty five stories which have all won prizes, commendations or listings in U.K. competitions, and last year this was followed up by an anthology of published and award-winning poems called ‘Raised Voices’.

I’m also the editor and compiler of Writing Short Fiction, which is aimed at helping people who are where I was when I first decided to make a serious effort at creative writing. The sore eyes in my title can be the lot of aspiring writers everywhere when they’re up against it, as it’s so easy to be in the writing business. I was already retired when I started seriously writing fiction; I’d written educational research-based articles for various papers, including a couple of national dailies, and I thought transferring would be not too difficult.  Ahem. I needed help, particularly when my first efforts were greeted with the blank silence which the internet can do so well. Few of us can do it all on our own, and the more help sites there are around, the better. The short fiction scene is not exactly awash with them.

This one, Short Stops, offers enormous amounts of stuff in all sorts of ways, and my heartfelt congratulations to Tania for putting it together. Thanks also for allowing me to mention another help site, with advice, resources, questionnaires, and most recently, prize-winning fiction contributed by eleven writers. There is also a Tips from the Top section, in which these writers offer their thoughts, techniques, exercises etc. in many different aspects of the short fiction genre. Worth a visit?  Why not?  It’s right there at Writing Short Fiction – no memberships, no passwords required. Be my guest!

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Bunbury Magazine Issue Seven: The Unexplained

Hello, dearest Bunburyists

We’re back! Bunbury Magazine hath returnethethethed. Firstly, belated salutations of the season to you and yours! Secondly, we knew we’d find you here. We’re not being cocky or anything – we have proof.

And here is the new issue right here, just click the picture!

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There are far too many people to thank for making this issue possible but you all know who you are so give yourselves a great big pat on the back and grab yourself a pint of something you enjoy most!

So, two-thousand-and-fifteen. The year we are supposed to greet Marty McFly to the future. Have you all got your hover-boards polished and strange colander-hat-type things on? That aside, we’re hoping to have a very good year this year, like last year but even better.

In two-thousand-and-fourteen, we were absolutely astonished by the quality of the submissions we received and we want (and indeed, have for this issue) more of the same! We do not really believe in new year resolutions here but if you are going to make one, make it to send something over to us – artwork, poems, photographs, you know the drill! We love what we do and we hope you do too.

While you are about and reading some fine works, please feel free to visit our WordPress blog where our own esteemed Christopher Moriarty has set himself the challenge of writing one poem a day for the entire year. Any feedback, encouragement, criticism, jeering or loitering is extremely welcome! You can read it all here:

A Poem A Day For A Year by Christopher Moriarty

We have plans this year. Big ones. We are going to be making some very positive moves to make your Bunbury experience more shiny than it ever has been. We hope you all stay on board.

As you all know, at Bunbury it is our contributors that make the magazine as great as it is. We are not like other publications, that will give you only one issue and then leave you at the creativity turn-pike. We love it when you all get involved regularly so this is our official invitation to get involved in the next issue. The theme is ‘Power’. Dazzle us once more. Send your dazzling works to our lovely people over at submissions@bunburymagazine.com

We also survive on you lovely people sharing us on social media. So if you tweet or use Facebook, please give this issue a big shout out. Our handle is @MagazineBunbury. There is also a link below for a little readership survey which we are using to build information which could lead to some great developments in the future. Please spare a few minutes to give us your thoughts.

Readership Survey

One very, very last thing. On the 17th of February, it s our esteemed editor Keri-Ann Edwards’ birthday. To celebrate, we are hosting a live Do The Write Thing event. We have open mic spots and headline slots available so if you are free, in the area and love a good night, get yourself along. We are at Bar Ten on Silver Street, Bury, Lancs. The fun kicks off at 2000! Just click the link right above for the Facebook event page.

Well, that is probably enough rambling from us. Let’s get to the meat of it. Welcome to the first edition of Bunbury for two-thousand-and-fifteen. We hope you get the cultural fix you need.

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year,

Christopher, Keri, and Matt.