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Gemma

Gemma

Inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairytale, ‘Diamonds and Toads’, Vicky Pointing shares her flash fiction story ‘Gemma’ as part of her 35-day writing challenge. The stories never mention that the gift was hereditary. It wasn’t...

A flash in the pan.

A flash in the pan.

Leeds based writer Vicky Pointing talks about her experience of taking on a 35 day flash fiction challenge. Flash fiction, for anyone who isn’t familiar with it, is generally defined as a short story...

What’s “creative” about creative writing?

What’s “creative” about creative writing?

Cristina Archetti wrote the short story ‘Distances’ in the LS13 anthology. Here, she controversially argues that there is nothing creative about creative writing. Many dream about writing but never get round to realising their potential. Others force...

Tinkering with history

Tinkering with history

Richard Smyth won the first prize in the LS13 anthology competition with his short story ‘Deep’. Here, he explains the relationship between history and his writing. “Nothing but a pack of lies” – Damon Runyon on...

What does it mean to be a writer?

What does it mean to be a writer?

Aissa Gallie, one of LS13′s twenty contributors, shares the influences and inspirations that led her to writing. What does it mean to be a writer? This question I have mulled over for many years...

The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

LS13 writer, AJ Kirby, considers Leeds’s ever-growing situation in the literary world. London-based Tottenham Hotspur Football Club always used to talk about it being their fate to win a trophy in a year ending in...

There’s money in this writing malarkey

There’s money in this writing malarkey

A few weeks ago, literature lovers across England celebrated the Bank of England’s announcement  that Jane Austen will become the new face of the £10 note in 2017. The announcement followed the recent public...