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Lisa Blower - Author

About the Author

Lisa Blower won The Guardian National Short Story Award in 2009, and was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and longlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press anthologies, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. She is a contributor to Common People edited by Kit de Waal. Her debut novel Sitting Ducks was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize 2017 and longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker 2016. She has a PhD from Bangor University and is now senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Wolverhampton University. Her academic interests are the short story, creative nonfiction and working-class fictions. In 2016, Lisa was appointed the first-ever Writer in Residence at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, the residency enabled her to start her second novel, Green Blind, a contemporary re-imagining of Mary Webb's Gone to Earth that tackles the politics of fracking and land ownership in rural Shropshire. Lisa was producer and curator of the 2015 Wenlock Poetry Festival, hosted a series of Literary Salons and Creative Writing courses for Shropshire Libraries, is a member of Writing West Midlands' Room 204, and Arvon tutor.

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It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's

It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's

Author: Lisa Blower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2019

The matriarch dominates these award-winning stories in Lisa Blower's debut collection. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of 'Broken Crockery', who has lived and worked in Stoke on Trent for all of her 92 years, never owning a passport, to happy hooker Ruthie in 'The Land of Make Believe'; to sleep deprived Laura in 'The Trees in the Wood'; to young mum Roxanne in 'The Cherry Tree'; she appears in many shapes and forms, and always with a stoicism that is hard to break down. With a sharp eye and tough warmth, Lisa Blower brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins. 'Love, Alvin & Ramona' is an alternative look at the effects of the smoking ban on a life once defined by the celebratory pint and fag at the end of the working week. We see Di's nifty fists in 'Chuck and Di'; Alma Bunny's deep rooted fear of retirement and change in 'Dirty Laundry'; Arnold Bunter's repressed sexuality in 'Smear Campaign'; Lo and her family's emotional inadequacies in 'Hoops'; and the thwarted hero worship of 'Johnny Dangerously'. 'It's gone dark over Bill's mother's' is a Shropshire saying that means it's looking a bit bleak, a little like rain. With origins as a footless and random as the barflies trying to find their meanings in 'Happenstance', it is an expression that sums up this fabulous collection.

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