Angelita Bradney, writer
Angelita Bradney is a prize-winning fiction writer living in south-east London. Her work has been published in literary magazines, three anthologies and performed on stage.
You can read many of her short stories below, including All that water must be unimaginably heavy, which won the 2017 National Memory Day short story competition. You can also find details of her unpublished novel, The Truth I Never Told You.
“Angelita’s writing is clear, cold, seemingly dispassionate, taking us to the heart of trauma and its effects on memory, leaving the reader with the spaces to wonder what we and history may also choose to forget. This is superb writing: both imaginatively rich and confidently spare in crafting.” Cathy Galvin, Director of The Word Factory, Co-Founder of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, and judge of the 2017 National Memory Day short story competition.
Novel: The Truth I Never Told You
Two estranged brothers, forced back together when their mother falls ill, must deal with a daughter’s disappearance and the secret behind their parents’ marriage.
The Truth I Never Told You is an entertaining dissection of contemporary family life, set in working-class Essex.
Four years ago, builder (and alcoholic) Mike Maitland fled his home town after a revelation upended everything he thought he knew about his childhood. Now Mike has returned, but his discovery remains an unhealed wound at the heart of the family. Mike’s repressed older brother, John, is facing a crisis of his own. Having clawed his way up the professional ladder to a senior position in the UK government, he is caught between his principles and his career when he discovers a case of corruption that goes all the way to Downing Street. Immersed in their own battles, no-one notices the disastrous relationship that John’s teenage daughter, Charlotte, is pursuing with her predatory violin teacher. When Charlotte goes missing, each member of the family must decide what to fight for, even if that means facing their weaknesses and deepest fears.
The Truth I Never Told You would appeal to fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng.
Photo by Seb Cumberbirch.
Angelita started writing The Truth I Never Told You while studying for a certificate in novel writing at London's City University, and completed it on the Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' course in 2018. As a work-in-progress, her novel was longlisted in the 2018 Flash500 novel opening competition and longlisted with honorable mention in the 2018 Retreat West first chapter competition.
Short stories and flash fiction
Angelita's short stories and flash fiction have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. A couple of her favourites are Gap (published by Ellipsis Zine) and Is there magic here (published by The Fiction Pool).
Angelita's work has also been shortlisted and highly commended in many competitions including the Fish prize, Inktears, Retreat West, City Writes, Writers' Forum magazine and Shooter Literary Magazine. She won the 2017 National Memory Day short story competition with All that water must be unimaginably heavy.
Come and Gone
Flash fiction published April 2018 in Nothing is As It Was, an anthology of short stories about climate change.
Published by Retreat West, September 2017
All that water must be unimaginably heavy
Winner of the 2017 National Memory Day short story competition
The judge, Cathy Galvin, Director of The Word Factory and Co-Founder of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, commented:
“Angelita’s writing is clear, cold, seemingly dispassionate, taking us to the heart of trauma and its effects on memory, leaving the reader with the spaces to wonder what we and history may also choose to forget. This is superb writing: both imaginatively rich and confidently spare in crafting.”
You can read the story, along with the winners from the other categories, here.
Photo credits: Jessica Castro (Book, Kitchen, Shelf), Tom Quandt (Illumination), Wendy Aros Routman (Empty nest), Charles Deluvio (A peachy moment), Christiane Teston (Is there magic here?), Jeremy Vessey (Other Chances), Jordan Opel (Gap), Amy Humphries (Tinder), Tomas Robertson (All that water), Josh Withers (The Tower).