A Witness of Waxwings longlisted, and Vanessa Gebbie’s stories reviewed

April 26th, 2018 § 0 comments

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We were delighted to discover that A Witness of Waxwings, short stories by Alison Lock, made the longlist of the Saboteur Awards. Congratulations to Alison, and kudos to Cultured Llama.

Vanessa Gebbie’s story collection, A Short History of Synchronised Breathing is reviewed in Tears in the Fence. The review also covers a collection by Leonora Carrington. Richard Foreman writes:

In perhaps one of the most impressive stories in this collection, ‘Captain Quantum’s Universal Entertainment’, Gebbie’s central character is guided through a bizarre fairground, whilst writing a report on its performers and features for an obscure journal. Star performers,the Great Maximilian, jongleur extraordinaire, and Lucille, the Incredible Shrinking Bearded Lady are about to perform an incredible feat […] it becomes apparent that the story is a loose analogy for the operations of a Particle Accelerator. […]

I am impressed by Vanessa Gebbie’s approach to her writing – she appears to relish taking a risk and in doing so extends the form of the short story in a multitude of ways.

Buy Vanessa Gebbie’s book for £12 plus p&p here: A Short History of Synchronised Breathing

add in Alison Lock’s collection for £12, and p&p is free (for two or more books): A Witness of Waxwings

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