Angelita Lapuz Bradney, writer
Angelita Lapuz Bradney is a prize-winning fiction writer. Her work has been published in numerous 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.
Her novel-in-progress, Wildwood, is a British-Filipino family drama entwined with ghosts and folklore. It won the 2022 Byte the Book/Hachette UK bursary for debut authors and was runner-up in the 2021 Writers & Artists 'Turn the Page' competition.
You can also 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.
Angelita is represented by Catherine Cho at Paper Literary.
“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 heritage.
A family gathering summons Nina Hawkins to Wildwood, the crumbling cottage where she grew up in the primeval Forest of Dean. From the moment she arrives she’s surrounded by the ghosts of her troubled adolescence, from her struggles to fit in as a mixed-race child to the tragic death of her best friend, Ellie. Nina’s free-spirited mother, Grace, can’t understand Nina’s obsession with the past. Having left her home country of the Philippines behind, newly-divorced Grace wants to live life to the full.
But memory runs deep as tree roots, and as the week progresses, apparitions appear in the shadows of the forest and dead animals are left at the door. Nina realises that someone doesn’t want her to forget Ellie’s death: someone who knows the secret reason for Nina’s guilt. The more Nina investigates, the more she becomes certain that Grace, too, is hiding something. But the truth is more shocking than she can imagine, tangled in her heritage that leads back to the witch doctors and headhunting tribes of the Philippines.
Like The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller with a Filipino twist, Wildwood would also appeal to readers of Ponti by Sharlene Teo and Sisters by Daisy Johnson.
WINNER: Byte the Book and Hachette UK bursary for debut authors 2022
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 magazine 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