I began to let myself slip into a commuting coma. Alongside the hundreds of other disengaged members of the public, I was consumed into the screen of my iPhone. Sure, an iPhone is interesting, it’s bloody interesting. Just yesterday I downloaded an app which tells me all the stars that surround me, I navigate it to the North, it tells me what constellations are above me. I navigate to the East, I still struggle to understand how space is EVERYWHERE, and it will tell me that there are some stars in the shape of an animal – amazing.
So I became disengaged from my phone, just like I just became disengaged from my story. It seriously takes me a millisecond to have my mind switch elsewhere. I disengaged, and the first thing I noticed was lots of lines. LINES.
Lines are a funny thing, perhaps it isn’t even worth calling them ‘a thing’. Some connect, some disjoin other things, some stand alone, they are in everything, but until it was a dull Wednesday morning on a Greater Anglia train, I never noticed them.
Kevin Connelly drawn by Paddy Lennon RHA
Kevin Connelly is the author of Fragment of a love story, recovered. A native of Kilkenny City, born in 1955, Kevin is currently living in Duncannon, Co. Wexford.
Kevin has been interviewed on The John Murray Show, Radio1 and the Eclectic Light Show, KCLRadio.
He has read poetry in the Wexford Arts Centre as part of the Cáca Milis Cabaret and on “Imeall”, the Arts programme on TG4. His poetry has received awards in The Black Diamond Poetry Competition, The Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition and Fish Publications Poetry.
His poems have been published in “Boyne Berries” and “”Red Lamp, Black Piano”. In the US he has been published in “The d’Verse Anthology of International Poetry”,”and “The Lilliput Express”. Kevin has had both poetry and flash fiction published as part of the Writers on Board Scheme of the Carnegie Library in Kilkenny.
He regularly reads his work at Harry’s Bar, Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny and The Fusion Cafe, Wexford.
Matt Harris is the author of CROCODILES and is a writer based in Liverpool whose short work and poetry has appeared in Transmission, Hoax, Winamop and Confingo magazines. Matt has been influenced by a huge number of authors, in particular the wild ideas of Philip K. Dick, the vibrant imagery of Sylvia Plath, and the simple prose of Raymond Carver. Matt has recently completed a full-length novel named The Tourist, a love story inspired by my fascination with travel and foreign places. Outside of fiction, my other great passion is writing and recording music.
Author Q & A
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with pencil-illustrated monster stories when I was a child and onto navel-gazing epics when I was a teenager. Hopefully I’ve improved since then.
Will Davis is the author of I Eat People. Will has also authored My Side of the Story (winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2007), Dream Machine, The Trapeze Artist and Demonica, and is books editor for Attitude magazine. He is also a prize-winning aerial circus artist, specialising on corde lisse, and has performed his acts at many theatres, nightclubs and festivals in Europe.
Author Q & A
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?I wrote this story at a writers retreat in Scotland a couple of years ago. It was quite a forlorn, windswept sort of a place, without any internet or television. I think being isolated fed into wanting to write about a lonely mythological character, and to consider how he might relate to the modern world.
Tamara Jones is the author of Take A Number Please. A Former languages teacher pleased to be devoting all her time to writing, a lifelong ambition that can now be fulfilled. Beats lesson preparation and marking any day. Winner of Jotters United ‘Spirit’ short story competition. Story ‘Stalking the Watcher’ published in Jotters United.
Lives out the back of beyond on the edge of a forest and when not writing, spends inordinate amounts of time gardening and watching the wildlife.
Jay Moussa-Mann is the author of Edward’s First Love and a short story author and screenwriter based in the North East of England. She has written and directed TV productions for a nonprofit organisation as well as several short films one of which won the Special Category Award at the International Sabaoth Film Festival. Her short story “Home Tomorrow” was published in the Home Tomorrow Anthology through 6e publishing. She has recently discovered a love for running, having spent her whole life being the ‘non sporty one,’ and enjoys a range of artistic outlets such as painting, art journaling and composing music.
Lisa Blower is the author of ‘Dirty Laundry’. Lisa grew up in Stoke on Trent – a place that continues to inspire her writing. Her short story, Broken Crockery won The Guardian’s National Short Story Competition in 2009 and Barmouth was on the final 5-story shortlist competing for the 2013 BBC National Short Story Award. In 2014, Her short story, Pot Luck, was read on Radio 4 in their ‘State of the Nation’ short story series.