Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A few things

It's been a while since I posted here, life has been so sad with the loss of my beautiful Zachary cat, it's difficult to do the blogging thing. It's getting a little easier each day, sort of, ups and downs, downs and ups. So I am distracting myself here by talking about other stuff.

Firstly, this year has been good to my stories, as well as prizes in the Fiction Desk and Salt flash fiction competitions, I found out last week that I won 3rd prize in the New Writer's microfiction prize. Congratulations to all the winners, especially my mates Rachael Dunlop, Dan Purdue, Pete Domican, Valerie Sirr, Danielle McLaughlin,  and Melissa Lee-Houghton. I am happy that my story has found a good home, and suffice it to say I already spent my prize money (all of it) on something rather nice while I was in America last week.

I love to present prizes too, and will be doing that next Tuesday in London at the Writers & Artists Yearbook short story competition awards ceremony, in conjunction with Liars League, whose actors will read the winning story and two runners-up, which I have just chosen from the shortlist. I too will be reading something, probably something very very short, I imagine. Do come along and celebrate with us! Details here.

Finally, I was asked to do something really interesting a few months ago: Faith Gardner at StorySwap asked me to video myself reading one of Norwegian writer Berit Ellingsen's short short stories and asked Berit to video herself reading one of mine. Despite the fact that I'm not keen on myself on video, I rather love the result, love hearing Berit read my story, and enjoyed reading hers. Watch our story swap here. What a brilliant idea.

12 comments:

dan powell said...

Congrats on the prizes. And what a brilliant idea that story swap is. Great stuff. In fact very much enjoying a browse of the Story Tapes blog so thanks for the link.

Tania Hershman said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying the site!

Vanessa Gebbie said...

echo....

Dan Purdue said...

Thanks for the mention, Tania, and congratulations again for your recent prizes. Have a great time at the awards ceremony - it sounds like fun!

Tania Hershman said...

Thanks, V!

Thank you Dan, I am looking forward to making someone else's day!

valeriesirr said...

Lovely to be in such good company, Tania & congrats on all your latest successes. Longlist for me this year, but was delighted to win a prize last year. Love your story swap reading and your accent - every word is beautifully clear!

Lauri said...

Off to watch the videos just now. Congrats on your wins and hugs for everything else.

Tania Hershman said...

Valerie, thank you and congrats again to you!
Lauri, thanks, hugs needed. xx

Dr Henry Tegner said...

SO SAD about your lovely cat. The last cat who shared my home died, oh, 29 years ago. I could not go through that grief again. I really couldn't. So I just talk to any cat I meet in the street, very politely. Most are perfectly civil in return, but a few of them see through me. On that subject, here's a piece of flash fiction of my own: http://www.henrytegner.com/FICT-%200009.htm. Have a look if you've a moment.

boblachor said...

Very sorry to hear about, Tania

kelliforniadreaming said...

Tania! I read about Zac's passing. So sorry. I know how much you loved him and what a little Nudnik he was. I hope he is playing happily at the rainbow bridge with Bridget. Love keeping up with your amazing career. Sending love and hugs. xxxx

Tania Hershman said...

Thanks, Kelly, it's very hard, isn't it? I hope Zac and Bridget are lying in the sun. Lots of love and hugs to you too xxx