Short story: 'My Magnificent Cloak' to be published in Fresh Ink - A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand 2019
The short story, My Magnificent Cloak is due to be published September 2019 in an upcoming anthology, Fresh Ink A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand 2019.
This short story, inspired by a friend’s troubled upbringing, is one that I keep very close to my heart. It’s a real thrill that it will be live on in print.
Previously, this short story achieved 3rd prize in The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition, run by the Taumarunui Writers’ Group.
The judge commented: ‘There’s a real element of mystique and magic in this beautifully told tale. The language is rich, poetic, musical even. It’s an enigmatic story full of symbolism and metaphor, very like a parable, fable or myth passed on through generations. I don’t get all of it, I don’t think you need to, that is part of the mystical quality of the prose. What is important is that the reader is transported into this mythical world, a world where a magnificent cloak is the centre of the universe, and the girl who wears it is part goddess, part innocent child, part heroine, part scapegoat. A wonderful piece of writing.’