Hear me read one of my short stories in the latest podcast from OPEN PEN magazine! The podcast is called PENCAST, and my story is called Some People Just Have a Tiny Problem in Their Heart. It’s about a character who remembers the first time he saw adults confronting grief. You can find details about how to download the podcast from iTunes and Podbean here. The episode of the podcast that features my story is called FOUNTAINS & SIRENS.
Please reach out to me with your feedback, either in the comments section on this page or by contacting me on Twitter (@mattybannond). Please also follow @OpenPenLondon on Twitter, and pick up a copy of their excellent magazine at one of the stockists listed here.
My short story, At Once in Harmony and Discord, has been published in a book of new fiction. I wrote the story for a close friend of mine, who sadly died a couple of years ago. It explores the balance between control and freedom in our lives: You can watch me read a passage from the story here…
The book is called An Eclectic Mix Volume 7. You can buy it on Lulu here and on Amazon here. Please let me know what you think, either in the comments section on this page or by reaching out to me on Twitter (@mattybannond).
My short story, Nothing Like a Kiss, has been published by Obliterati Press. It’s about authority — and questioning it. You can watch me reading a passage from the story here:
The full story is available to read on the Obliterati Press website, here. Please read it and let me know what you think, either in the comments section on this page, or by reaching out to me on Twitter (@mattybannond).
Clear the decks, uninstall the software: Brass and woodwind instruments are making a comeback. Why? Because they tell it like it is – with no bullshit.
“A genius is the one most like himself”: Thelonious Monk’s typically incisive statement is a fascinating lens through which to consider genius in jazz music. Here are three jazz moments that resonate with an astonishing unity of person and performance. Continue reading
Most jazz lovers have had friends ask what it is about this often unapproachable-seeming music that speaks to them. For me it is closely tied to the culture of the standard: Compositions that are only very loosely attached to the artists who created them, instead belonging to a common pool – melodic resources, free-to-use. Continue reading
When one of my best friends died in her late twenties, it was different. I had been deeply upset when my grandparents died, but my mind had been able to process it somehow – it was their turn, a wounding rite of passage that was inescapable, natural. Death out of turn, against the rules, felt torturously unfair. Mourning my friend, helping to carry her coffin at the funeral, failing to manage the choking wretchedness of it. These defining moments of pain made everything different. Continue reading
Improvising on the saxophone has transformed my life forever. It has awakened me to a completely new level of spirituality – hard words for me to type, as a rationalist. Improvisation is a religious revelation. It is meditation, red mist and the soul. Playing music without a plan showed me the full dignity of the human consciousness and the hot power of the mind. It made me question everything that had gone before, and opened up unlimited possibilities for everything that lay ahead. It very nearly never happened. I want to share my story, and my elation, about how it did. Somebody showed me how. Continue reading
My name is Matty Bannond, I’m an author of short fiction — now working on my first novel. I’ve decided to share my writing more — and to engage more with other writers. I hope this will give me opportunities to get feedback from different kinds of people, and help me to improve.
I’d be very grateful for any comments or feedback.