About Joanna

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I have been making up stories in my head for most of my life but I only started writing them down over the last ten years.  I have taken a number of creative writing courses including the Open University which was an interesting if slightly detached experience.  I have started two novels, neither of which I have managed to finish, yet. Short stories and in particular flash fiction fascinate me both as a writer and reader.

I have had work published in magazines, anthologies and translated. As part of Short Story Week I set up ‘Telling Tales and Taking Tea’ where short story readings were organised in local community centres and libraries reading a range of work from well-known and first time writers.  My story ‘Colours that Suit’ won the Creative Writing section in the City Lit Between the Lines 2009.  I also have had a piece published by English PEN in support of Zhu Yufu who has been in prison in China for as long as The Casket of Fictional Delights has been in existence.

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I started The Casket of Fictional Delights at a time when there were few outlets in the UK for short stories and even fewer for flash fiction.  One of the guiding principles has been to provide new writers with a platform to showcase their work.  I created the TubeFlash project combining my relish for flash fiction with my love of brooches.

I have been collecting brooches for over 30 years.  I was given my first piece of jewellery by my grandmother when I was six years old.  It started a passion that has not diminished in over fifty years.  I don’t remember which was my first brooch but I used to wear them on my business suits. Back then ‘business’ dress was the order of the day. The only way I could show any individuality was a fancy brooch on the lapel. I started in a small way with a discrete gold pin but as time went on they got bigger and bolder.  Now my collection is vast and continues to grow.  I wear a brooch every day, sometimes two, three, four…