I'm a bit behind on reporting here, but this better-late-than-never news ties in nicely with today's adventures in the Mancunian wonderland, relating, as it does, to Didsbury-based writer Nicholas Royle. Nick, a self-confessed collector, has been busy collecting stories for Salt's new anthology The Best British Short Stories 2011, and the list is in. You can read the contents here and more on the collection, which I hear is out in April, here.
I'm so pleased to see the inclusion of the fabulous Feather Girls by Chorley gal Claire Massey, who won the Oxfam Short Story Competition last summer with the amazing Chorden-under-Water and treated us to this particular number at the launch of The Hidden Gem Press in November (see my post). I'm a bit of a fan.
Anyway, the link to today is that Nicholas Royle is at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation tonight from 6pm, reading a new story (if his Twitterings are anything to go by) and talking to the other Nicholas Royle. More here, and hopefully more from me about it tomorrow.