Emily Bullock Interview

Emily Bullock Interview
by Shanta Everington

Emily Bullock graduated from Kings College, London, with an English degree and 19th Century Literature MA. She followed this love of plot to work in feature film production before pursuing writing full-time. She attained a distinction from UEA Creative Writing MA. Currently tutoring for the Open University, and studying for a Creative Writing PhD, Emily's short story, My Girl, won first place in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2011.

"My Girl is an evocative story, beautifully written and with an internal rhythm that matches its setting, the boxing ring. This winning story 'floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee', as Muhammed Ali famously said." 
Bristol Prize Judge Tania Hershman.

Hello Emily and welcome to The View From Here. Congratulations on winning the Bristol Short Story competition with My Girl, a brilliantly observed tale about a mother and daughter, set in the world of female boxing. What inspired you to write this particular story?

I have been doing a lot of research into boxing for my PhD and the short stories that I read often focused on a sort of pseudo father/son relationship. There was a real absence of female voices. So, in My Girl, I wanted to establish the mother and daughter relationship for the reader – to try to understand this conflict of pain and love from another angle.

Publish Relations & JK Rowling

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Author JK Rowling has announced her first adult novel will be called The Casual Vacancy.
The Harry Potter writer revealed in February that she was working on the book, and said it would be "very different" from her previous material.

Writing Workshop

Above is one of a number of writers' workshops we run at The View From Here. This one on Editing Your Work. Take a look it's informative, fun and a bit different.