24 October 2018
Finding the Inspiration to Write
Free workshop at the Biblioteca Pública Municipal Eugenio Trías, part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Retiro Park.
19 - 21 November 2018
A bijoux mentoring workshop where writers can bring work they need help with.
Write Now! in Syros
Hermoupolis, Cyclades, Greece
A week-long intensive retreat, jointly taught by Anne Aylor and Faber author Elise Valmorbida.
Wondering what special gift you might give to someone who writes or wants to? Why not give a place on one of our upcoming writing courses? There are a wide variety of workshops for all levels of ability, from beginners to published authors.
Go to the Gift Certificates page to see what you need to do to delight that special writer in your life.
New River Press will be publishing an anthology of short stories with three of Jan Woolf's stories: "Navaswan", "Castro's Room" and "Eulogy for a Defiant Gardener". What an achievement! Watch this space for a publication date.
Sallie Rose's first novel, Doli Daze, has been longlisted in the Mslexia Novel Competition. Congrats, Sallie!
"The Doll's House" by Jennifer Pittam won a competition judged by Vanessa Feltz. Her short story was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 2017. Yay for Jennifer!
Paulina Fariza's new book, F de feminimos, was published in Spain in November 2017. Felicitaciones!
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger's prizewinning short story, "Souvenirs from Kiev" was published in the Historical Novel Society's anthology, Distant Echoes in September 2017. Yay, Chrystyna!
Rachel Mann was the winner of of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards in the Young Adult category for On Blackberry Hill. Congrats, Rachel!
For the second year in a row, Lezanne Clannachan was shortlisted for the 2016 Fish Short Story Prize for "Jokes in Lemon Juice". Congrats!
In Spain, on 24 October 2018 there will be a reading of Anne's prizing-winning story, "The House of Wild Beasts" in what had once been the old Madrid Zoo at the Biblioteca Pública Municipal Eugenio Trías, Paseo Fernán Nuñez 24, Madrid 28009.
In September 2017 two of Anne's short stories were published in the Historical Novel Society's short story anthology, Distant Echoes, including her prize-winning "The House of Wild Beasts" and "The Man With No Hands". This excellent collection of 19 stories is available from Amazon as a paperback or Kindle eBook.
You can read an in-depth interview by Cryssa Bazos about the inspiration for Anne's prizewinning story here.
To write well, you will need to decide which words earn their keep and are deserving of remaining and which ones are to be cut.
"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."
D H Lawrence
Anne Aylor is a professional writer and teacher who has had short stories and poems published by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Oxford University Press, The Literary Review, London Magazine and Stand Magazine.
Her first novel, No Angel Hotel, was republished in 2012 in a new revised edition. Her second novel, The Double Happiness Company, was published in 2011. She is 90,000 words into her third and is working on a fourth.
A number of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and in 2011 for the Fish Short Story Prize. In 2014 she was the winner of the Historical Novel Society Short Story Award.
Her stage play, Children of the Dust, won a playwrighting competition and was co-produced by the Soho Theatre and Theatre Warehouse, Croydon.
She worked in post-war Bosnia where she practised Chinese medicine and taught ballet. She taught ballet at Morley College in London and is a member of PEN and 26. In 2007 she was a shortlist judge for the story competition held by the Wimbledon Book Fest and in 2011 she was the judge in the Peter Barry Short Story Competition.
Anne received the Historical Novel Society International Short Story Award 2014. Her winning story, “The House of Wild Beasts", was adapted from her novel-in-progress about the Spanish Civil War.
My husband's first book, Left Field: the memoir of a life-long activist, was published in April 2016.
My involvement with it began at its inception when we were on holiday in Dalmatia and he began telling me stories about his ex father-in-law . . .