I didn’t publish anything new in 2021, so it’s easy to feel that it wasn’t a productive year. Part of that is because I was leaning into my day job quite a lot (it is related to customs and the UK, so…) and also getting involved in political initiatives. But this year was not a completely bare cupboard when it comes to achievements so I’ll list them below:
- White Feathers was published in Bulgarian – it was a great buzz to see the translation and physically hold it in my hands!
- My short story was shortlisted for the Mairtin Crawford Award, much to my delight, but I was gutted it didn’t make the final 3! Would have loved to have seen it published. But I am hoping that if it has that much power, it will find its way. It’s not a story that pulls punches, and it might make literary people squirm 🙂
- In February, the audiobook of Unfortunate Stars was released, and I love how Greg Patmore narrates it so beautifully and brings out the spirit of this delicate story of love and friendship between men.
Also, as the year comes to a close, I just learned of a beautiful tribute to Lucia’s War on Facebook (it’s a video) by Clare Glynn-Chitan. What kind words Clare, and I’m glad Lucia kept you company 🙂
Happy holiday season and happy Christmas 🙂