The Siren Press Launch of FUGUE vol.II

Friday 24th July saw the launch of the second volume of the FUGUE Anthology from The Siren Press.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the launch, and be one of the first contributors to hold the awesome collection! And it really is fantastic. The cover has a great feel to it, and the inside font is gorgeous. Lucy Carroll and her team have done a great job on it – one to be very proud of.

My story Scarlet Streets is accompanied by an illustration by Alexandru Savescu… I was blown away by the detailing, and the original drawing was for sale on the night.

There were five author readings. Each story brought a unique other-worldly twist to fiction. From the potential Zombie Apocalypse, to lovers, to teaching and then to bodily function, each short story had its merit and its intrigue. The audience listened attentively, and I think we did a good job of selling the anthology!

Lucy Carroll reading an introduction to the anthology
Catherine McNamara reads her story Three Days in Hong Kong

Darren Lee reads On The House

I went last! This wasn’t my choice, but I actually enjoyed it. Though Scarlet Streets seems rather grim when read on the page, I found that once told out loud, through the voice of my MC, a dark humour emerged! There were lots of laughs (fortunately in the right places!), and it really made me think about the perception of written vs spoken language. Definitely something to bear in mind in the future.

I’m so happy I got to be a part of this collection, and to read on the night – it’s worth the nerves as long as someone claps!
Partying with wine and canapes, post-reading

The train home, hot chocolate, and a book to read


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