Writer opens new chap­ter

Halifax Courier - - Weekend Thought /Yoursay@ Halifaxcourier.co.uk - By Emily He­ward

A HEB­DEN Bridge writer is to pub­lish her fic­tion in the de­but an­thol­ogy of a new pub­lish­ing en­ter­prise.

Cre­ative writ­ing tu­tor Nicky Harlow, of Manor Drive, co­founded Pan­dril Press as a plat­form for emerg­ing tal­ent.

Its first pub­li­ca­tion Panop­ti­con, a col­lec­tion of 12 short sto­ries, will in­clude two of her own – A Face at the Win­dow, a drug-fu­elled tragedy set in a gritty north­ern com­mu­nity, and Pe­v­erse Fruit, the tale of a mother’s in­abil­ity to ac­cept her baby son.

“We started our own press be­cause we be­came aware of a groundswell of opin­ion that says Lon­don isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the last word in pub­lish­ing,” said Nicky, who co-edited the an­thol­ogy. Gifted writers from the re­gions are in­creas­ingly will­ing to take up the chal­lenge and launch their own presses and we wanted to stand up and be counted.”

She set up the Manch­ester­based en­ter­prise to­gether with six other writers who were all study­ing for a mas­ter’s de­gree at the city’s Metropoli­tan Univer­sity in 2007.

Paul Ma­grs, a for­mer tu­tor at the univer­sity’s writ­ing school and au­thor of The Bride that Time For­got, said: “These are my favourite alumni, from any writ­ing course I’ve ever taught.

“In this an­thol­ogy they present a gen­er­ous ban­quet of sto­ries – satir­i­cal, ro­man­tic, cyn­i­cal, sus­pense­ful, funny, mythic, nasty, nos­tal­gic and oc­ca­sion­ally sur­real.”

A launch will take place at the In­ter­na­tional An­thony Burgess Foun­da­tion in Cam­bridge Street, Manch­ester at 6.30pm on Thurs­day May 5. It will be avail­able from lo­cal book shops and on­line.

De­but: Nicky Harlow

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