Matty Bannond

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Novel in Progress

I’m currently writing a novel. It’s a contemporary literary fiction with the working title Cutting Contest. The story is about a hot-tempered young trombone player on the brink of financial ruin who battles her scheming bandmates in a sponsored jazz showdown – where winning is her last hope of turning her life around. Its key theme is the interplay between the individual and the collective.

The novel follows a group of young musicians on a short tour around Europe, which has been organised by a company that makes instruments. The musicians were selected because they each have strong social media profiles. The tour culminates in a cutting contest at a high-profile jazz festival, where the public can vote for their favourite performer in real time. The winner receives a recording contract backed by the kind of marketing budget a jazz musician would never normally dare to dream of.

It will be ready… when it’s ready…

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