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.
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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).
Expectant fathers feel many anxieties – and make a huge number of promises to their unborn children. A new life pulses with incredible potential, and necessitates deep self-reflection. Which experiences from my own life do I want my child to enjoy? Which frustrations and pains should he or she be spared at all costs, and which did I learn from? High on my list: Teeth. 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