I’m delighted finally to announce the selection of pieces for inclusion in Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, the forthcoming anthology of short fiction and poetry inspired by King Richard III, sequel to Grant Me the Carving of My Name, and also to be sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
It’s been a very difficult task to decide which of the many excellent stories and poems submitted should be included in the anthology. Thank you to everyone who sent pieces in – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading them all, despite the difficulty of making the final choices. I should stress that the selection has been purely subjective – ultimately down to personal preference and an attempt to achieve a good variety of stories, in terms of coverage, style, tone, etc.
Without more ado, the line-up for Right Trusty and Well Beloved… is as follows (in alphabetical order of author surname):
Rebecca Batley – Cerne Abbey, 1471
Terri Beckett – Richard Redux
Sue Grant-Mackie – Richard the Third, by Thomas More
Kim Harding – Eboracum
Wendy Johnson – The Wife beside Doncaster
Joanne R. Larner – Grief
Joanne R. Larner – War of Words
Alex Marchant – If Only
Kit Mareska – Let Him Fly that Will
Kit Mareska – The Play’s the Thing
Máire Martello – Becoming White Surrey
Liz Orwin – The Men and the Monument
Elizabeth Ottosson – This Life, This Death, This Life
Nicola Slade – The Silent Boy
Richard Tearle – The Corners of My Mind
Brian Wainwright – King Edward’s Court, October 1468
Kathryn Wharton – York Freedom March
Jennifer C. Wilson – The Lady of the White Boar
Furthermore, I’m delighted to announce the following prizes for my favourite pieces:
Overall submission (winner of Frances Quinn’s artwork): Kit Mareska – The Play’s the Thing
Poem (winner of Wendy Johnson’s Ricardian coat of arms): Kim Harding – Eboracum
Flash fiction (winner of choice of book offered by previous anthology contributors): Elizabeth Ottosson – This Life, This Death, This Life
I’m pleased also to let everyone know that York Explore (the city’s central library) has offered to host an event for the anthology on 14 December, following up from May’s successful event for Grant Me the Carving…, and all contributors will of course be invited. There may also be a launch event (also in likely in Yorkshire) in November – watch this space!
Apologies to everyone who wasn’t successful on this occasion. I hope that you will still be able to help us spread the word about the anthology – and through it, help spread the word about good King Richard himself, while supporting an excellent cause!
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