Angelita Lapuz Bradney, writer
Angelita Lapuz Bradney is a prize-winning fiction writer. Her work has been published in literary magazines and anthologies and performed on stage. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a graduate of the Faber Academy.
You can read many of her short stories below, including All that water must be unimaginably heavy, which won the £4000 National Memory Day short story competition in 2017. You can also find details of her novel-in-progress, Wildwood, which was runner-up in the 2021 Writers & Artists 'Turn the Page' competition.
“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.
At a family reunion in a remote woodland cottage, a mother and daughter must face their ghosts and unravel the dark secret in their Filipino family heritage.
When Grace Torres was fourteen years old, she fled her home town in the Philippines burdened with an unspeakable secret. Decades and continents later, she is separated from her English husband and living in Wildwood, a crumbling cottage in the ancient forests of the west of England. Her twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Nina, has never recovered from her chaotic adolescence and her struggles to fit in as a mixed-race teenager in this isolated corner of the country. Worse, she has a guilty secret of her own that may be driving the disturbing events that strike whenever she visits Wildwood.
When Grace organises a family reunion it could be a chance for Nina to lay her ghosts to rest. But Nina will find that some traumas run deep as tree roots, tangled in her heritage that leads back to the witch doctors and headhunting tribes of the Philippines.
Wildwood would appeal to readers of Ponti by Sharlene Teo, Sisters by Daisy Johnson, or Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon.
RUNNER-UP: Writers & Artists Turn the Page competition 2021
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.
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.
A misdemeanour committed in a seaside town has lifelong consequences.
An earlier version of this story was performed in 2015 by Liars' League NYC.
Shortlisted for the Writers Forum short story competition.
All that water must be unimaginably heavy
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: JP Valery (Saturday Night), Adrian Craig (Bembridge Beach), Valentina Locatelli (While this lasts), Alex Atudosie (Other Folks' Troubles), Ramakant Sharda (Miss Quinn), Josh Withers (The Tower), 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), Andalucia Andaluia (She).
© Angelita Bradney 2018