Author Lisa Blower is running a 6-Week Short Fiction Course at University Centre, Shrewsbury. Courses run from 12.00 – 14.00 or 15.00 – 17.00 each Wednesday between the 1st May and 5th June 2019.
With a sharp eye and tough warmth, Lisa Blower strikes a new chord in regional and working-class fiction with her new collection of short stories, It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s (Myriad, 2019).
This fabulous collection of her award-winning short stories is dominated by the working-class matriarch. 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, 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.
Lisa Blower celebrates her characters with stories they wouldn’t want told. She makes the bleak funny, and brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins.