Wednesday, 6 June 2012

31 by Calum Kerr

About the Book


This is a collection of 31 pieces of Flash Fiction: one for every day of January. 




What I think 


As a writer of flash fiction I was obviously interested to see what a collection would be like. I wasn't disappointed! What I love about flash fiction is that you can read it so quickly. Even if you've only got a couple of minutes, you can delve into this book and read about someone's life. 


These tales are extremely varied. Whenever you start a new one, you never know what to expect. Some are funny, some adventurous, some read like science-fiction and some are sad. 


Flash fiction is on the rise. People have less and less time and it's also easy to read on e-readers and iphones. If you're thinking of giving flash fiction a go, I would recommend this collection! 


About the Author


Calum Kerr (b. 1973) grew up in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. He has a PhD in Creative Writing and as well as being a writer, he is a lecturer and the editor of Gumbo Press. He set himself the target to write a piece of flash fiction for every day in January (2011), which led to the pamphlet, 31He has recently successfully launched the first National Flash Fiction Day in the U.K. 

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. As a writer of flash fiction, its useful to see how it looks as a collection and published work. Shameless plug - my site: http://wp.me/2iQxI

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    1. Haha! No worries about the plug! You should check this guy out. He's doing a lot of work for the future of flash fiction. As you said, good to know what a collection looks like - possible future for us?!

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    2. Yes, though I wouldn't want to ignore the 200k word novel I've been writing for the last 4 years, and have left alone for 6 months! It's getting jealous of all these flash flings I've been having.

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    3. I'm sure it is! May I suggest after 6 months it might be time to pick it up again...???

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    1. You're very welcome! I have taken up the challenge of writing a piece of flash every day. I post 'best of the week' on my blog on a Friday. On day 32 now: so far, so good... :0)

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  3. I think I would have chosen February. And not in a leap year.

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    1. It's not a leap year next year... ;0)

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