Watermarks Anthology

My short story Unswimming has been selected for the new Watermarks anthology, published in May 2016 by Frogmore Press. The anthology, edited by Rachel Playforth and Tanya Shadrick, brings together fiction from established and emerging writers exploring wild swimming in rivers, seas, lakes and lidos. The anthology will be arriving on Waterstones bookshelves early May (or is available for pre-order now on Amazon). 

The Unswimming story came out of a personal exploration into the relationship between writing and swimming last swimmer. I hit a writing block at the same as a swimming block and found myself discovering there are in fact strong neurological links between the two. Scientists even talk of the 'blue mind' - the altered state your mind enters around water and the positive impact it has on creativity, memory and big thinking. 

It led me to write an essay called Body/Language, exploring writing, swimming, lidos vs pools, and the meaningful language employed in each environment. You can read it here (and see a picture of my favourite blue shoes).

Watermarks co-editor Tanya Shadrick has been doing some really interesting work at the local lido here, Pells Pool, as writer-in-residence. Head over to her website for more on her Wild Patience project.

The cover is by Neil Gower, an illustrator whose work I love (I can't wait to get my hands on his new book with Alex Preston, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, later this year).