Cityread Writing Competition

When I said in the last blog that I’d been writing, I wasn’t lying – but it’s fair to say most of my output hasn’t made it off my hard drive for anything like public consumption.


In April, an organisation called Cityread London ran a whole host of events across London using this year’s chosen novel, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, as a starting point. There was a programme of activities taking place with libraries in all 33 boroughs (including the City) getting in on the action. Basically, it’s an annual turbo-charged book club celebrating the joy of books and reading. Great idea, eh?

Barnet Libraries ran a short story competition in conjunction with Cityread – the theme was “Mysterious Metropolis” and they invited submissions of stories set in London, incorporating the titular theme, and coming in under 2000 words. I thought it was a great prompt, and wrote something in response – and I was VERY chuffed to be awarded 1st Place 😀

You can read Barnet Libraries’ announcement on their Facebook Page here.

And you can download a pdf of my story, ‘Magic in the Fog and Rain’, here. I think it’s going to be made available via their e-reader catalogue soon, too.

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