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Brindley Hallam Dennis
BHD Writes short stories. Many have been published & performed - often by Liars League, in London, New York & Hong Kong. He has won several prizes and awards. His novella 'A Penny Spitfire' was published in 2011 by Pewter Rose Press, and a collection of short stories, 'Talking To Owls' followed in 2012. In 2010 Unbound Press published 'That's What Ya Get! Kowalski's Assertions'. A further collection of short stories is due out from Sentinel Publications, and he is part of a forthcoming 'Showcase' anthology by Inktears. Writing as Mike Smith, he has published poetry, plays and critical essays - the latter mostly for Thresholds, the International Short Story Forum. Pewter Rose Press has a collection of his essays on the short story form in preparation. He blogs at www.Bhdandme.wordpress.com and his stories appear on Vimeo at BHDandMe. He tweets @BHDandMe. He has recently experimented with self-publishing for Kindle?amazon, producing the short story collection, Departures, and, in collaboaration with fellow CUT writer Marilyn Messenger, Ambiguous Encounters.
Brindley Hallam Dennis in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1967 Burton Upon Trent
What do you love about Short Stories?Brevity. Their gem-like quality.Their cutting facets, their sharpness, their sparkle, their durability. They last for centuries and still make you laugh, or cry, or even both!
Do you write in other forms?Yes, but not as BHD. Mike Smith, my alter ego, writes poetry, plays, and essays - sheesh!
What distracts you from writing?Necessity (and BBG)
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?I have an unheaklthy relationship with a big, black electric fretless bass guitar, that I call BBG.
What is your favourite book?Weep Not My Wanton by A.E.Coppard. (or The Little Farm, by H.E.Bates)
Who are your favourite writers?V.S.Pritchett - Try his story 'The Fall' , Lewis Grassic Gibbons - it's his use of language, and in particular of punctuation, which I love. and James Joyce - for the novel Ulysses, but also for short story, 'The Dead.'
Where is your dream location?When I was young I loved remote places, but as I get older, I value people more and more.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Probably me, on reflection....
Do you have any advice for new writers?Try something else....I wish I could do better than this, but it does seem like good advice. I'm surprised I thought of it. Another might be, don't value the writers, but the individual writings, and don't look to be valued yourself, but want it for your writing. Care about the writing more than about the responses to it. I'm a romantic. Sorry about that.
ebooks by Brindley Hallam Dennis:
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Apparently, this story was going to be 'disqualified with merit' from an Earlyworks Press competition...but that was too ridiculous...so they gave it Second Prize! It's on of the stories in Talking To Owls (Pewter Rose Press) and you can hear it read on Vimeo.
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