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Kelvin M. Knight

 

"We are not retreating, we are advancing in another direction."

General Douglas MacArthur

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Upon starting an MA in creative writing, my book reading went through the roof, whereas my book reviewing went through the floor. Some of the books I have enjoyed but not got around to saying why (apart from jotting notes in my trusty notebooks) are captured here.

The Best Short Stories of 2011 edited by Nicholas Royle

The Oxford Books of American Short Stories edited by Joyce Carol Oates

New Irish Short Stories edited by Joseph O’Connor

The Penguin Book of the City edited by Robert Drewe

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

Mrs Whitelady by Julie Telford

Against the Wall by Vaughn Writers

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don Delillo

Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Gathering by Anne Enright

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown

Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May (review feedback to author)

The Savage Knight by Paul Lewis

Dangerous Waters by Juliet E. McKenna (review submitted to publisher)

Black Chalice by Stephen Saville (review submitted to publisher)

Sputnik Caledonia by Andrew Crumey

A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Toward the End of Time by John Updike

The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch

To peruse my book reviews, please click here.

What's New?

On May 4th 2013, I attend the innaugural Newcastle Writing Conference in The Great Hall, Nothumbria University. Stephen May's not a keynote speech is inspriational: “If you are a writer who doesn’t write, you will always be a bit miserable... write because you HAVE to.” And this quote got a resounding YES from the agents, editors and publishers present: “There is a secret to getting an agent. Write a good book, send it, wait. There are no secret passwords.”

Short story "Luke's Sketches" published by Cinnamon Press in the anthology "The Book of Euclid & other stories & poems" edited by Rowan B. Fortune.

Review of short story anthology "The Little Book of Northern Women" given thumbs up by the author J. Y. Saville.

Haiku "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Cathy Galvin and Louise Doughty for the Word Factory TV.

Article "Bagpuss" published by The Fine Line in the anthology "The I Word" edited by Kate Gould.

Short story "Plank, Tank, Sock, Gloves" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in December for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Be Prepared" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in August for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Luke's Sketches" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in May for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in February for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Review of "Life! Death! Prizes!" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Fun and Games" shortlisted by New Writing North for the Newcastle Journal.

Review of "Dreamer's Cat" given thumbs up by the author Stephen Leather.

Review of "TAG" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Shadow Pains" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Lessons in Love" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Saint Christopher" published by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Aim High, Reach Higher" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Paper Dinosaur" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Shepherd Thy Flock" won Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau spring competition.

Short story "Blackbeck" came third in Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau winter competition.