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Kelvin M. Knight

 

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ScreamThe Perfect Book To Read

An editor once asked, “Tell me in no more than three hundred words what you believe to be the perfect book to read and why?”

Talk about being put under the spotlight. My dear Nan used to joke, “Nobody is perfect, therefore I suppose I am nobody.” Then she used to imitate Munch’s Scream opposite. In a similar vein, I proclaim no book is perfect.

Right, having wriggled out from under that spotlight, here is my shady reply.

The (as near as you can get to it) perfect book to read is one that lets the mug of cocoa go stone cold on the bedside table. A Mile of River is one such book. In many ways this debut novel by Judith Allnatt epitomises two personal beliefs: 1) it is better to read one excellent book than, say, a dozen lumps of text that go in one eye and out the other; 2) debut novelists’ first books (edited and published professionally) have a tendency to be better than established novelists’ nth works.

Some people argue dialogue is the crux of a good story, others argue dialogue is the crucifix of a good story, they say monologue is king. Others say the two should be balanced: a king and a queen, presiding over today’s fanfare for story showing not storytelling. Another group pronounce characterisation goes hand in hand with the plot, whereas others debate the characters should lead the plot, either that or they drag it along screaming and kicking.

These are all valid points in a literary art form; however, a really good story is subjective. One thing I long for whilst reading is to find prose that resembles a mirror, one that can be held up to myself to teach me something I did not know. It does not matter who the protagonist or antagonist are, whether they are young or old, male or female, from another faith, time or place. I become them. I am made to care about something I thought I did not care about. My waning belief in the human condition is revived.

These facets are moulded by the author then given that special ingredient to produce a story which gives me a ‘wow’ moment, one that does not dull on a subsequent read.

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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.