Elizabeth Baines - short stories

'Baines has a unique voice and it will, undoubtedly, be worth following up on anything she writes' - John Baker

BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
A collection of short stories by Elizabeth Baines (Salt Modern Fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the Edge of the World? It's a back alley in Chinatown, or the dark suburban street where muggers jump you, it's a mountain camp in the dusk for an estranged father and son. It's the endless dunes where you lose your way, it's a seat in a pram at the top of a hill. It's the place where an erotic encounter can lead you. It's the unacknowledged scientific view, or the intuitive insight which conventional medicine ignores. It's the powerlessness resulting from lost language and suppressed history, it's the moment with the rough kids in the woods when you understand you're no better than them. It's the place where you can wrest back power - rebel against a violent father, expose a conman, discover you have magic powers.

It's between these covers. You can go there by clicking here

'Quite swept me off my feet ... Nothing would have induced me to interrupt
Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth Baines until I'd read them all' -Dovegreyreader. Read a review by Dovegreyreader here.

MORE COMMENTS AND REVIEWS


AUDIO CLIPS OF ELIZABETH READING EXTRACTS:

From 'The Shooting Script'

From 'Star Things'


SALT WEBSITE PAGE FOR BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, WITH PDF SAMPLE

 

ARTICLES BY ELIZABETH AND INTERVIEWS WITH HER ABOUT THE BOOK:

Contribution to a series on creating a text on John Baker's blog, focusing on the story, 'Compass and Torch'.

The Short Review interview

The Book Addict's Guide interview

Dovegreyreader Asks

Film: Salt Podcast: Elizabeth talks about her short stories

 

A virtual book tour.
Elizabeth visited blogs to answer questions about Balancing on the Edge of the World, her writing process and her writing life. Find out all about it here
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(Stop 4 on the tour took place on a blog which has now been deleted and replaced, but the questions posed and Elizabeth's answers can be read here.)


NEW STORIES BY ELIZABETH

Elizabeth is working on a new series of stories.

'Looking for the Castle' is the runner-up in the 2014 Short Fiction Journal prize

Others have appeared in the following publications:
'Tides or How Stories Do or Don't Get Told', in the online magazine, The View From Here
and in Best British Short Stories 2014, ed Nicholas Royle (Salt)
'Clarrie and You', in Unthology 5 ed Robin Jones & Ashley Stokes, June 2014, (Unthank Books)

'Used to Be' in Carve Magazine, Fall 2008 (a prizewinner in the Carver Competition 2008)
'Possibility', 'The Choice Chamber' and 'What Do You do If' in Horizon Review,
'The Relentless Pull of Gravity' in Stand Magazine (Vol 11 [2], 2012)
' Falling' on the online magazine East of the Web
'Where the Starlings Fly' in Unbraiding the Short Story , an anthology of stories by writers participating in
the 13th International Conference on the Short Story, Vienna 2014, ed. Maurice A Lee.
'That Turbulent Stillness' in Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontes
ed. A J Ashworth (Unthank Books), Nov 1st 2013
'A Matter of Light', in The Wish Dog , ed Penny Thomas & Stephanie Tillotson (Honno), September 2014



The Wish Dog, ed Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson (Honno)
A book of ghost stories including Elizabeth's story
'A Matter of LIght'

Anthology available here



Best British Short Stories 2014, ed Nicholas Royle (Salt)
includes Elizabeth's story 'Tides, or How Stories Do or Don't Get Told'
First published at The View From Here.
Of the story, Dan Powell said, 'I bloody love this. Part life story, part love story, part memoir, part exploration of the nature of stories. Brilliant. Brilliant.

Anthology available here





' Clarrie and You' is included in Unthology 5,
ed Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank Books)

'Baines' deft touch and acutely observed detail of family relationships make it a story with layers waiting to be undone ... The story offers new subtleties with every read.' - Sarah Schofield, The Short Review.

The book can be ordered here.

 

 


'That Turbulent Stillness' is included in
Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontes, edited by A J Ashworth and published in aid of The Bronte Birthplace Trust, from Unthank Books

Elaine Chiew called the story 'a boy-meets-girl story that boils with menacing violence, mirroring the love of that other star-crossed duo, Catherine and H'.

The book can be ordered here.

 

 




An anthology of stories from Carve Magazine includes Elizabeth's story 'Used to Be', third prizewinner in the Raymond Carver competition 2008.
As a woman is driven too dangerously fast along a motorway, her life flashes before her...

Reviewing the story on the Carve blog, Rio Lang called it 'a self-reflexive treat whose enigmatic holding pattern makes beautiful sense by story’s end'.

Anthology available here



' Where the Starlings Fly' is included in
Unbraiding the Short Story, edited by Maurice A Lee,
an anthology of stories by writers participating in the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Vienna July 2014
The book can be ordered here.

 

 




 

 

PRIZES

Elizabeth is the runner up in the 2014 Short Fiction Journal competiton.
She has won awards for stories in the following competitions: The Raymond Carver Competition,
for Radio 3, the Listowel Festival, Writers' Inc, and twice in the Moondance International Film Festival short story competition.
She was longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2010, and shortlisted and Highly Commended in the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition 2010

 

EARLIER WORK

Elizabeth's stories have previously been broadcast on Radio 3, appeared in numerous print magazines such as Stand and London Magazine, and in anthologies including Bitch Lit (Crocus), Power (Honno) and Best Short Stories from Stand Magazine (Methuen).

She was a founder co-editor (with Ailsa Cox) and publisher (with Ailsa Cox and John Ashbrook) of the acclaimed short story magazine Metropolitan.

 

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