A story of mine, The Black Hole of Westminster, was published in the latest competition collection from Retreat West, titled How to Hold an Umbrella, in September. Things being as they are, the launch night was held over Zoom, and having read the collection there is a distinct dystopian trend running through many of the pieces (including my own). I particularly enjoyed Emma Hutton’s contributions (Sal and My Kind) and those of Jason Jackson (On the Death of a Friend and Mess of Love), but there were many other writers and stories I could pick out.
This year hasn’t been a great one in terms of writing or publishing, particularly when you consider the first draft of The Black Hole of Westminster was written in 2016. I am nevertheless grateful to have had a piece published in another superb collection. Hopefully, 2021 will be a little easier for all of us.