Emma Kittle-Pey is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and a PhD candidate at the University of Essex. She is the founder and curator of local community writing group, Colchester WriteNight, a tutor of Creative Writing at ACL Essex and is on the editorial board of Short Fiction Journal. She has had two collections of short fiction published by Patrician Press, and is working on a novel.
Quotes for the Fat Maggie stories:
‘…this collection of stories, tales … displays a high level of literary ability, deep curiosity, and engaging self-awareness… The stories have a really mature clarity and plainness, a simplicity that’s never simplistic’ Glyn Maxwell
During the writing of the Fat Maggie stories I was reading a range of stories and tales including Charles Perrault’s fairy tales and Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales. I had been thinking about ‘morals’ in fairy tales, and the way that if the moral wasn’t suggested, different people would take different meanings or messages from the stories read, and suggest very different morals. While choosing my own there were several for each tale I could come up with. I found it a fun challenge, I’d love to hear your own ‘morals’ or ideas about what each story means or which lessons are learnt…
Contact: @ekittl; @colwritenight
This collection contains humorous stories and vignettes of the false honesties and small-world stereotyping that the various characters encounter on their individual journeys. For instance, whilst they shop for bras or visit charity shops or find themselves involved in domestic ‘confrontations’ with estate agents and others.
This quirky and subtly witty collection of short stories tackles women’s daily life interaction at home, in the workplace, on holiday or at social events. The animal-related tales contain an interactive element and readers are invited to suggest their own moral at the end of each story, thus contributing to the dead-pan humour they evoke.
This is a selection of short prose from Colchester Writenight, a community writing group, formed in 2011. The theme of the collection is ‘Open Book’, representing the diversity of creative writing they produce. It will intrigue and inspire you.