Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Just to say that you can read a wee flash of mine here

It was winner in The Casket of Fictional Delights' annual flash fiction competition judged this year by Kit De Waal. I entered this competition for the same reason I enter all the competitions I enter - it is always a thrill for me to have someone read my work. I was so pleased to reach the shortlist and to have Kit read my piece and to then have her say such kind things about my craft. Thanks to her and to Joanna Sterling who runs 'Casket' and who also said some nice things about the story.

Congratulations to Neem Shah and Zoe Meager who also did well in this competition, and to all the others on the shortlist. You can read their pieces on the site.

At a later date you will be able to hear the pieces read by a real actor/actress. I will post a link here when that happens.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


ON KINDNESS - by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor

Kindness is something necessary, something we all need (to receive and to give). We all know this - in some part of us we know it - but life, modern life, is inclined to disable it. This wee book (but really a 'big' book) as well as mapping the history of human kindness, reaffirms the absolute need for kindness in all of us. Even ants can be self-sacrificial, giving their lives to save the colony. It is more natural than we might think. But then cruelty is also natural… and so there is a job for us to do in teaching children (and others) of the virtue of kindness. And to those that argue that being kind is a sort of egoism - well, to quote one philosopher, 'If this is self-love, be it so…' and to quote this book: 'for nothing can be better than this self-love, nothing more generous'. 

Worth a read. I bought the hardback edition with a light blue page ribbon… because I was being kind to myself!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


So, here's a pic of the noticeboard outside the Spiegeltent at The Edinburgh International Book Festival. If you look closely that's my name on the board… 'Story Shop with Douglas Bruton'. If you want to read the story, 'LIVVY AND LOVE AND PENNIES IN JARS' then you can read it here. Also you can hear me reading a sample at the same link (later you will be able to see the filmed recording of me reading at the event).

Monday, 14 August 2017


I can put this on my CV now, having had a great weekend there where I was involved in not one but two readings. 

Firstly, as part of LitLong’s event in Greenhouse 2 on George Street on Saturday. I read my story from the collection ‘Umbrella’s of Edinburgh’. I was there with the lovely and ever effervescent Finolla Scott, and Jane Anderson whose Edinburgh story is just brilliant, and Marianne MacRae whose poetry is just so fine and so beautiful. Reading was great fun – we were each given a ten minute slot. I kept my introduction to a minimum so that I could read the whole story… and that turned out to be a good decision – loved reading the whole piece and it was well received.

That was Saturday; on Sunday I was back at the book festival reading at StoryShop in the Spiegeltent. This was another ten minute thing, but this time it was just me. I squeezed in a wee intro before reading to set the scene and to let the audience tune in to my voice. The event was well attended, though 20 minutes before we went live there was no one at all in the Spiegeltent and I was a little concerned. It filled up in the last five minutes. The reading went very well and the audience was as quiet and attentive as could be hoped for… held is what they were, and then loud in their applause – thank you to them. Had fun reading and was told afterwards that as well as the live audience, about 150 had tuned in on Periscope to hear the recording and a further 10 immediately replayed the recording after hearing it the first time.

Really love reading to an audience. And what better place to do this than at The Edinburgh International Book Festival. So glad to have been given these opportunities.

Saturday, 24 June 2017


In a bit of a rush… so here's the news in summary:

First in Federation of Writers (Scotland)’s Vernal Equinox Competition; Second in Neil Gunn Writing Competition (judged by Michael Faber!); Third in Aurora’s Annual Short Story Competition; Second in Flash 500 First Quarter (and the first placed story, ‘Rainbows for Coppers’ by Claire Whately, and the third placed, ‘Summary’ by Joanna Campbell, are both bloody brilliant so I don’t know how I got between them!); selected to read at Edinburgh Book Festival this summer; a story accepted for a nice anthology to come out later in the year.

Not a bad haul for now.

Saturday, 6 May 2017


Publication of 'Pushing Out The Boat' is always a cause for celebration. The launch events are so much fun and the magazine itself is so beautifully produced. I have said before how generous the editors are with the space, respecting writers' work and not cramming stuff onto the page to fit more in and so potentially sell to more people and their families. No this is a superbly produced combination of writing and art - and the art is so right for the magazine.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend the launch last weekend - and that was a shame because I have attended a couple of these events and they are always so warm and so splendid. However, yesterday my copy popped through my letter box - and I was not surprised by how beautiful the magazine was when I tore open the envelope - not surprised because I knew it would be something special.

I have a short story inside - in amingst the poems and fiction and artworks. And just look at the splendid cover!

Saturday, 22 April 2017


Passing on some news - I won the Plymouth Writers Group Short Story Competition - the second year in a row! Different criteria was applied this year, so it's pretty good to come out a winner again. Thanks to all at Plymouth Writers.

Here's a link to the story in case anyone is interested: https://plymouthwritersgroup.uk/2017/03/06/Cap-in-Hand/

Having a good year so far with competitions - still with a success rate of around 40%.

Have also got a novel doing the rounds - though lots of great publishers have turned me down so far. My agent and I remain hopeful.

That's all my news for now.