Edited by Lynne Bryan and Belona Greenwood
08 March 2015
Words & Women: Two Short Fiction
Words & Women: Two is the second showcase collection of short prose by women writers in the East of England and the first appearance in print of four specially-commissioned texts for the page and performance, ‘About.’ The memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction and performance texts inside reflect the brilliance, boldness and depth of women’s contemporary writing in the region.
The book, published by Unthank Cameo, builds on the success of last year’s inaugural competition and anthology, shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and praised as “a bold and insightful collection containing much vigorous writing…’’ by Mark Bond-Webster in the Eastern Daily Press.
This year, the winning entries – including the delightful narrative Cornflake Girl by first prize winner Lora Stimson – embody vivid imagination and ambiguity, delicate and subtle prose coupled with strong images and deep emotions. A young woman ponders how she has mysteriously wronged a professor. A wife compelled to spy on her husband is caught out in her own intrigue. We follow a child of the tideline. And, in a fevered night, a mother lingers in a river while danger gathers on the bank.
The four specially commissioned texts in Words and Women: Two explore women’s relationship to place. ‘About’, supported by Arts Council England, brings to life the voices of Jane Sellars hung in Norwich for being ‘idle at Trowse’, a woman who walks the Bungay Straight on a pilgrimage of grief, 18 year old prostitute ‘Anguish’ locked up in a mental asylum for life, and Station Mistress Appleton.
Edited by Lynne Bryan and Belona Greenwood, with a preface by novelist and competition judge Sarah Ridgard, this is a book for readers who love to explore different worlds in time and space.