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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Deadline Day is Coming! London Independent Story Prize

Just a few days left until the Deadline! 10th of January!

Polish those 300-word short-short stories and take your chance. Become a part of this wonderful community of writers and storytellers. Take the chance of winning the prize! Give your story a chance to be recognised.

Check out the 2018 Calendar from here LISP.

LISP judges are looking for strong and unique voices, check out the interviews with the judges on the website.

‘Originality must come from other resources: from one’s own voice, personality, character.’ Luis Pizarro, LISP judge.

‘Given that the story can only be 300 words, I am looking for something beyond the ephemeral, a story that will make an impression.’ James Kirchick, LISP judge.

‘LISP is based on creating a great community and, of course, all the writers who attend the competition will definitely be a part of this network. However, winners are winners, and they will have the greatest advantage. First of all, the prize and publication, and when you win a competition, it means that your pen has been recognised, which is a great feature for any writer. Not only while trying to reach agents or publishers, but also the personal satisfaction is priceless. Especially for young writers, it’s a way to build confidence.

As an award winner, I can also say that it helps you to improve. Now you see that you can write things that others appreciate as well, which encourages you to be even bolder.’ Ozge Gozturk, LISP founder.

Flash Fiction Festival: Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th 2017, in Bath.

The first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Happening on the weekend of National Flash Fiction Day UK 2017, our first year will be taking place in Bath. Our venue, The New Oriel Hall, is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk from the town centre, with wifi, disabled access and a hearing loop.The whole building is available for the festival.

The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by the UK’s leading flash fiction practitioners and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

Workshops and talks generously funded by The Arts Council England include: Vanessa Gebbie, Kit de Waal, Tania Hershman, Paul McVeigh, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, David Swann, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Christopher Fielden, Michael Loveday, and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Launch with Calum Kerr.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit our website: https://www.flashfictionfestival.com

We hope to see you there for a fun-filled weekend of flash fiction!