New Faces of Fiction


I’m a bit late posting this but a couple of weeks ago I popped down to my local library to enjoy New Faces of Fiction where Hannah Vincent and Umi Sinha just happened to be taking part.

I am lucky as both Hannah and Umi have been my creative writing tutors at some time. Hannah when I studied the Open University’s Advanced Creative Writing course and Umi when I completed my prose module with Brighton University last year. I can vouch for both when I say if you get the opportunity to participate in a course or workshop with either of these ladies then snap it up because I guarantee you’ll receive great value.

Hannah and Umi were under spotlight at Crawley library on Monday, May 8th, 2017, and being interviewed by librarian Clair Stanton who questioned them about their writing. I find Hannah and Umi quite different personalities. Hannah is so vibrant and her powerful energy rubs off in no time. Umi, however is more gently reserved, but none the less she has an equally powerful voice. I am privileged to know both these authors as a student and reader.

I have read both of their debut novels, published by Myriad Editions. Hannah’s – Alarm Girl and Umi’s – Belonging and again I believe I can vouch that they are both fantastic writers. Both of these novels have been discussed in my reading group and everyone enjoyed them.

Hannah and Umi are both in the process of writing their next novels. I wonder who’ll be first or will they by chance be released at the same time. What will they be about? Umi hinted people may still be alive to interview this time and I think childminding in some form could rear its head in Hannah’s but I shan’t say any more.

If you’re an unpublished writer with a novel or short story collection in progress, Myriad Editions are conducting a first draft competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for new writers. Umi and Hannah praised Myriad as a brilliant publisher to work with. You can find details of how to enter here:

Well done to Crawley Wordfest. It was a great evening’s entertainment and what’s more, a free event.

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