My short memoir of growing up in 90s Macedonia has been published by Darebin literary magazine n-SCRIBE. It is a pleasure to be featured with other local writers and poets. If you are in Darebin, pick up a copy from libraries or selected cafes. Below is an extract:
I put on my tartan skirt and tucked in my creased shirt. A slice of bread smothered in hot ajvar awaited me and tried not to smear it on my books. The textbooks were a new edition, printed for the new grade-one students, white-washing any lingering traces of the Communist ideology which lasted over forty years. Stories of partisan bravery, the red star and the red flag were trounced, by something new and uncertain. Yugoslavia crumbled; Macedonia had gained its fragile independence, while the other Balkan countries ravaged each other.
It is a great pleasure to have my short-story The Departure win the YPRL Write Now! Short Story Award in 2016. It is equally as great for that story to be featured nationally among other winning pieces in the 2016 Award Winning Australian Writing anthology. Pick up a copy, here.
“A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day and what he covets most: his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that will surely outlive him.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel’s Game
I am pleased to announce that I am the winner of the YPRL Write Now! short story competition (open category) with my story The Departure. It’s a wonderful feeling to see my name in print in a beautiful anthology. A dream has come true. Thank you YPRL and judge, Kalinda Ashton.