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).
Sick of the so-called beautiful game and pushed into the arms of another sport: How I looked past the ceremony and silliness of NFL, and came to appreciate this astonishing game
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).
Illusions of a cosy, blameless past are having a profound impact on the present: From the echoed empire of Brexit and the misty-eyed war cry of Make America Great Again, through to the Stone Age ideology of radical Islam. What makes retrotopia so appealing?
For a few moments, I was convinced that I had just seen my wife for the last time. I was certain that our new-born baby was not breathing. I was broken, bereaved – and mistaken. Midwives saved my wife’s life, gave my daughter the best possible start in life, and rebuilt each of us after a traumatic birth. I owe them an enormous debt.
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Media figures are clamouring to scrutinise Gen Y: But do generation categories really make sense, or are they an illusion promoted to facilitate dehumanising rhetoric – and generate advertising revenue. Continue reading
Parents want their kids to read: But does it matter what they read? Continue reading
Conservative Christianity has championed credulity as a virtue in the US – creating the perfect conditions for Trump’s rise to power. Continue reading