I was really happy to find out recently that a flash fiction of mine had been accepted for the launch issue of a new UK-based literary journal. The Wellington Street Review is unusual in that it specialises in ‘creative responses to the past’, inviting historically themed flash and short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.
‘Final Supper’ is a rare foray into historical writing for me. A micro piece that originated in my writing group, it was prompted by the Edward Hopper painting Chop Suey (we meet in an art gallery, so art features largely as inspiration for our work). I tried to imagine what the relationship might be between the two women in the foreground. As with all of Hopper’s work, there’s something unsettling and lonely about the scene, with an amazing contrast of light and shade, particularly with regards the sumptuous reds and yellows of the restaurant’s façade, and the rather bleak darkness of the interior. The woman in green, meanwhile, is desperately pale, almost luminous – they are not discussing nail varnish.
My thanks to editors Annabel and Katherine for allowing me to be part of their first issue, and for being so professional and courteous to deal with. I hope the journal will go from strength to strength.
If you have historical-inspired fiction, poetry, essays or creative nonfiction, do consider sending it their way for future issues. The journal aims to be quarterly and will be accepting submissions from April 1 for issue two, which has a theme of ‘Pride’. Submission details can be found here.