Angelita Bradney, writer
Angelita Bradney is a prize-winning fiction writer. Her work has been published in literary magazines, three anthologies and performed on stage. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and has recently completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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. More recently, she won the Bromley Libraries 'life under lockdown' competition with While this lasts. You can also find details of her novel-in-progress, Wildwood.
“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.
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: 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).
An atmospheric exploration of multi-racial family ties, guilt, and redemption
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 the family’s 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.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.
© Angelita Bradney 2018