By emma harding, Oct 9 2018 08:20AM

The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists

"In this race, it is not the swiftest who wins, but the slowest. At first it would seem easy to be the slowest of the motorcyclists, but it is not easy, because it is not in the temperament of a motorcyclist to be slow or patient."

Another of my illustrations for a short story by Lydia Davis. From the book: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.

By emma harding, Oct 5 2018 05:51AM

Lydia Davis is one of my favourite short story writers. The worlds she creates are so paradoxical; small yet expansive and always facing inwards in several directions. They have a certain shock value of being human in a strange and difficult to fathom existence. My sort of thing.

This illustration is one of several I'm working on. The story is called City Employment and captures a moment of bizarre clarity about what is happening. Like a lot of Lydia Davis short stories this one is perplexed by the madness of control, and how the city can seem isolating, yet in so few words manages to embody what it is to be absolutely sane.

These are new images for my portfolio.

Lydia Davis works I have read:

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis - sheer genius, mesmeric story telling with eye splitting subtle humour.

The End of the Story - a novel - I believe this is her only novel. Hard to describe how good this book is because I have only read it once and it will need more readings, but it sort of folds in on itself at the end, like all along she has been showing you something very important and overlooked and there it is (I did say it was hard to describe). It is a deeply insightful and psychologically enlightened book. Not escapism... no Killing Eve action here but hugely powerful writing about attachment, love, folly.

By emma harding, May 12 2018 08:24AM

I was amazed and thrilled to hear that my short story 'Say It with a Cake' had been selected for National Flash Fiction Day Anthology.

I was so genuinely amazed that I ignored the email for a few days and even when I opened it and read it I was slow to catch on that I'd been selected. It's a mega honour for an interloper writer such as me and sure to help me over my phobia with words, specifically my words in the public domain. I am grateful to the judges*, who normally scare the daylights out of me (just the word judge).

All the stories are flash fiction and very short so they were able to select a high number. The other selectees can be seen here as well as the micro competition winners and highly commended stories that ran alongside and will be included in the anthology. They are all wonderfully written original stories. The anthology will be published in June.

* (friendly editors not judges!)

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