Wednesday 6 June 2012

31 by Calum Kerr

About the Book

This is a collection of 31 pieces of Flash Fiction: one for every day of January. 

What I think 

As a writer of flash fiction I was obviously interested to see what a collection would be like. I wasn't disappointed! What I love about flash fiction is that you can read it so quickly. Even if you've only got a couple of minutes, you can delve into this book and read about someone's life. 

These tales are extremely varied. Whenever you start a new one, you never know what to expect. Some are funny, some adventurous, some read like science-fiction and some are sad. 

Flash fiction is on the rise. People have less and less time and it's also easy to read on e-readers and iphones. If you're thinking of giving flash fiction a go, I would recommend this collection! 

About the Author

Calum Kerr (b. 1973) grew up in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. He has a PhD in Creative Writing and as well as being a writer, he is a lecturer and the editor of Gumbo Press. He set himself the target to write a piece of flash fiction for every day in January (2011), which led to the pamphlet, 31He has recently successfully launched the first National Flash Fiction Day in the U.K. 


  1. Thanks for the review. As a writer of flash fiction, its useful to see how it looks as a collection and published work. Shameless plug - my site:

    1. Haha! No worries about the plug! You should check this guy out. He's doing a lot of work for the future of flash fiction. As you said, good to know what a collection looks like - possible future for us?!

    2. Yes, though I wouldn't want to ignore the 200k word novel I've been writing for the last 4 years, and have left alone for 6 months! It's getting jealous of all these flash flings I've been having.

    3. I'm sure it is! May I suggest after 6 months it might be time to pick it up again...???

  2. Replies
    1. You're very welcome! I have taken up the challenge of writing a piece of flash every day. I post 'best of the week' on my blog on a Friday. On day 32 now: so far, so good... :0)

  3. I think I would have chosen February. And not in a leap year.


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