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A gentle blast on my own trumpet

I’m just boasting a little. After writing for more than half a century I have at last got a story published. A very short story. Just 343 words. But published all the same. Here’s the link to A Line of Destroyers 1917

In September 2014 I attended a Workshop at RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter), run by Sally Flint, an editor of Riptide Magazine.

152 RAMMWe explored the collections to be inspired by something on display in the museum. I found this lithograph in a special exhibition. It was originally published in 1917 in Country Life Magazine.

A Line of Destroyers, 1917 by Muirhead Bone (1876 – 1953) Lithograph, published by Country Life Ltd, 1917

A Line of Destroyers, 1917 by Muirhead Bone (1876 – 1953)
Lithograph, published by Country Life Ltd, 1917

I loved the picture for the innocence and calm radiance of its appearance and for the contrast with the menace of the title. The story emerged as I studied it in the gallery, probably influenced by all the pictures and talk of the Great War. Back in the workshop I roughed out a draft and read it aloud and later I edited and polished it.

This is an activity I love. I already described it in the post called Write one picture. But not all exercises turn into publishable ideas.

152 RAMM stairs

Kate Osborne, the learning and skills officer at RAMM had already set up a connection with the website Poor Yorick, so I sent on my short fiction as a possible submission for their spotlight feature on RAMM.

I spend happy hours in museums and can be heard saying that some of my best friends are museums and art galleries. It is with great pleasure then to be part of linking creative writing with my local museum. (I am a friend).

 

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