"That dandelion. A flash of stubborn yellow in a dark box of space. It had promised sunshine but had tasted sour."
A dandelion. A mayfly. A family, bereft.
Items and mementos of a life, lived hard and with love, or long, empty, bitter.
In these sharply drawn and unflinching short stories, Rebecca Burns unpicks the connection between the lives we live and what we leave behind.
Artefacts and Other Stories, published 30th September 2017.
I am a novelist and writer of short stories. My debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barramundi, was published by Odyssey Books in November 2012, followed by my second collection, The Settling Earth, in December 2014. Both Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth were longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award, the UK's only award for short story collections. My novel, The Bishop's Girl, was published by Odyssey Books in September 2016.
My stories have appeared in journals including The London Magazine, Per Contra, Menda City Press, Bartleby Snopes, Foundling Review, The Linnet's Wings, Glasschord, Euonia Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Words with Jam, and Controlled Burn. Click on the "Sample Stories and Links" tab to see pieces of my work.
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature, focusing on the writing of non-Maori settler women in New Zealand. Many of my stories are set in isolated landscapes, and explore the interconnectedness of the human and surrounding topography.
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