#bookreview for Bright Sparks, an #anthology by the students at #Nottingham Central College

Bright Sparks

The students of Nottingham College are a prolific lot and each course produces an anthology. Bright Sparks is the tenth, which is no mean feat given the extremely short length of the course and the amount of work that’s needed to meet deadlines. As always there is a mix of prose and poetry.

Shampagne Lifestyle, Lemonade Budget by Emma Cooper – an enjoyable tale of Katie, who has moved back home with her parents following a relationship breakup and the loss of her career. In the doldrums with a ‘make do’ job and her idiot of an ex contacting her she has a gift for general knowledge and might just have found a way out of her situation. I loved the description of Jonathan-but-call-me-John – haha!

Stationary at Work by Alex Day is the story of Richard Benson, his tedious work life and his addiction to stealing the office stationery. He overhears a conversation he shouldn’t, gets into a position he’d rather have avoided and just at the moment of reprieve is let down in the most mortifying way. I really enjoyed Benson’s attitude to work in this one and the confusion over the employees by Simon and Denise.

Conjugal Visit by Susan France is the well thought out story of a prisoner, with an escape plan. I won’t say much here because I don’t want to give anything away but I really liked the dénouement and actually would have liked it to have been fleshed out a little more so the reader really felt it.

No More Tears to Cry by K. C. Brier is a terribly bleak tale of a thirteen-year-old girl who has already been abused and has turned to a life on the street and of prostitution and drugs to escape her home. Unsurprisingly this is a harsh story and portrays just the start of what life is like for far too many people I expect.

Keiry by Paul Sinkinson and Keiry, the alien, meets Chris Brown, a boy from Montauk. But while they are eating pizza they are unaware of the military investigations into the UFO sighting and of the cover up that will follow. I don’t read sci fi stories usually but feel that this one could become a much longer work in time.

Of the Sea by Aidan Parr is set in Ireland and is the story of a boy remembering family visits there, of family jokes and tales that had gone into family folklore in the way these things do. I could hear the accent in the writing and feel the embarrassment of the boy with the things that were said about him and his first taste of Guinness went just as I would have imagined.

There is then a lot of poetry to enjoy from Annaka Whiteman, Biancamaria Maniscalco, Janet Anne Winn, Clark Brundle and Aidan Parr.

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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6 Responses to #bookreview for Bright Sparks, an #anthology by the students at #Nottingham Central College

  1. E. L. Lindley says:

    A great review, Georgia, for what sounds like a fab anthology 😀

  2. Wonderful idea (and sounds like some great stories in there). Thanks for sharing this, Georgia.

    • Georgia Rose says:

      I believe it’s the only creative writing group that produces a book of the students work by the end of it – quite an achievement and a terrific target to keep everyone focused. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah.

      • I agree. On all counts. Maybe it’s the teacher in me (or the writer or the reader…who knows) but I think it’s an awesome achievement, too. Lovely idea.

        • Georgia Rose says:

          Having something of yours actually published by the end of a pretty short course is a terrific result and great encouragement for the students, so I’m a huge supporter of this course. Thanks for reading, Sarah.

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