• Angelita Bradney, writer

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    Angelita Bradney, writer

    About Angelita

    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 You can also find details of her unpublished novel, Saint Michael.

    “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: Saint Michael

    When secrets from the past are revealed, and a daughter goes missing, bickering brothers Mike and John must put aside their differences before the family falls apart.

    Angelita Bradney's novel, Saint Michael

    Overview

    Saint Michael is a contemporary family drama. The story begins when Mike Maitland, a builder and an alcoholic, returns from exile in rural France. Tensions between him and his uptight brother, John, are due to more than their different personalities, but rooted in a family secret that Mike has never accepted. Meanwhile, John’s teenage daughter, Claire, is pursuing a career as a violinist, but a crush on her music teacher can only lead to disaster. After a brutal experience she goes missing. Mike holds the key to where she is, but before the family can pull together, he must face his deepest fears.

     

    Saint Michael is about how secrets can divide us or bring us together, the crises that expose our strengths and weaknesses, and the different ways we show love. Through the contrasting attitudes of its characters, it explores how we react to wrongs such as the abuse of unequal power relationships, or the degradation of the environment. Saint Michael would appeal to fans of Maggie O’Farrell as well as The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen or The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.

     

    Photo by Seb Cumberbirch.

    More information

    Angelita started writing Saint Michael 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 2017/18. 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 longlisted and shortlisted in competitions including the Fish prize, Inktears, Dorset Fiction Award, 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.

    Angelita Bradney's story, 'Book, Kitchen, Shelf'

    Short story published by the Cabinet of Heed, December 2018

    An old recipe book forces someone to re-evaluate a painful childhood.

    Angelita Bradney's story, Illumination

    Short story published in Riggwelter, September 2018

    A stand-in fortune teller called Nigel has an unexpected visitor.

    Angelita Bradney's story, Empty nest

    Flash fiction, published by FlashFlood, June 2018

    "I open the box in the attic..."

    Angelita Bradney's story, A peachy moment

    Micro fiction, published by Dear Damsels, June 2018

    A snapshot of a childhood memory

    Angelita Bradney's story, Is there magic here?

    Flash fiction, published by The Fiction Pool, June 2018

    "I take Sindy and Barbie to the woods..."

    Angelita Bradney's story is in this collection, Nothing Is As It Was

    Come and Gone

    Flash fiction published April 2018 in Nothing is As It Was, an anthology of short stories about climate change.

    A seaside town, before and after. This story was selected by Retreat West for this anthology. All profits from the book go to the Earth Day Network.

     

    Available from Amazon.

    Angelita Bradney's story, Other Chances

    Flash fiction published by The Occulum, October 2017

    Starlight, dust and mutant foxes.

    Angelita Bradney's story is in this collection, Stories for Homes 2

    Golden Eyes

    Published by Stories for Homes 2, October 2017

    This story was selected for Stories for Homes 2, a wonderful anthology of fiction on the theme of 'home'. All profits from the book go to the charity Shelter.

     

    Available from Amazon.

    Angelita Bradney's story, Gap

    Creative non-fiction published by Ellipsis Zine, October 2017

    "When I was young my mother told me I had family on the other side of the world."

    Angelita Bradney's story is in this collection, What Was Left

    Lobsterfest

    Published by Retreat West, September 2017

    This tale of lobsters and revenge was shortlisted in Retreat West's 2016 short story competition and published in this anthology.

     

    Available from Amazon and on YouTube.

    Angelita Bradney's story, Tinder

    Flash fiction published by FlashFlood, June 2017

    "He didn't sign up for this when he swiped right."

    Angelita Bradney's story, All that water must be unimaginably heavy

    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.

    Angelita Bradney's story, She

    Published by Litro, February 2016

    A schoolgirl horror story.

    Angelita Bradney's story, The Tower

    A misdemeanour committed in a seaside town has lifelong consequences.

     

    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).

  • Contact Angelita

    As well as using the form below, you can follow her on Twitter at @AngelBradn.