NEWS AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS
'Consequences and Alternatives' is the featured story for June
in the Short Fiction Journal (online).
Other stories are to appear in the following print publictions:
Best British Short Stories 2019 (July), The Lonely Crowd (Issue 12),
The Mechanics' Institute Review #16 (September), and Confingo (October)
Other recent stories online are at Litro Online and The Mechanics Institute Review Online
What if you made a different choice or had another life?
'The stories in Used to Be are the work of a dazzling writer' - Nuala O'Connor, author of Miss Emily
'Baines reminds me of a scratch DJ, taking a conventional format and messing with it, expertly,
to give the audience a whole new experience...' - Bookmuse
Reviews and comments
ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
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.
between these covers. You
can go there by clicking
swept me off my feet ... Nothing would have induced me to
Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth Baines until
I'd read them all' -Dovegreyreader. Read a review by Dovegreyreader
COMMENTS AND REVIEWS
AUDIO CLIPS OF EXTRACTS:
'The Shooting Script'
WEBSITE PAGE FOR BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, WITH
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS ABOUT BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
to a series on creating a text on John Baker's blog,
focusing on the story, 'Compass and Torch'.
Short Review interview
Book Addict's Guide interview
Salt Podcast: I
talk about her short stories
virtual book tour.
SOME ANTHOLOGIES IN WHICH MY STORIES APPEAR:
Longlisted in the 2018 V S Pritchett Short Story Prize.
Longlisted in the 2018 Short Fiction Journal competition, and runner up in the same competition in 2014.
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
She was longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2010,
and shortlisted and Highly Commended in the Sean O'Faolain
Short Story Competition 2010
Stories have previously been broadcast on Radios 3 & 4, 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).
Founder co-editor (with Ailsa Cox) and publisher
(with Ailsa Cox and John Ashbrook) of the acclaimed short
story magazine Metropolitan.
Words for the Wild,
ed Amanda Oosthuizen and Louise Taylor (Words for the Wild)
includes the flash fiction
ed Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank)
'Looking for the Castle'
runner-up in the 2014 Short Fiction Journal prize.
'A highlight ... notable for its refreshing economy - nothing's overexplained here.' - Bookmunch
Best British Short Stories 2014, ed Nicholas Royle (Salt)
includes '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.
Clarrie and You' is included in
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.
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
anthology of stories from Carve Magazine includes 'Used to Be', third prizewinner in the Raymond Carver
As a woman is driven too dangerously fast along a motorway,
her life flashes before her...
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'.
The Wish Dog,
ed Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson (Honno)
A book of ghost stories including
'A Matter of LIght'
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.