ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
collection of short stories by Elizabeth Baines (Salt
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.
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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 ELIZABETH READING EXTRACTS:
'The Shooting Script'
WEBSITE PAGE FOR BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, WITH
ARTICLES BY ELIZABETH AND INTERVIEWS WITH HER ABOUT THE
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: Elizabeth
talks about her short stories
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.
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:
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 Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank Books)
to Be' in Carve
2008 (a prizewinner in the Carver Competition 2008)
'The Choice Chamber' and 'What Do You
do If' in Horizon Review,
'The Relentless Pull of Gravity' in Stand
Magazine (Vol 11 , 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.
Turbulent Stillness' in Red
Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontes
ed. A J Ashworth (Unthank Books, Nov 1st 2013)
Matter of Light',
to be included in an anthology of
ghost stories from Honno, Autumn 2014
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.
Clarrie and You' is included in
Unthology 5, ed Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones (Unthank Books)
'A well-told, subtle piece' - The Workshy Fop blog.
The book can be ordered here.
anthology of stories from Carve Magazine includes Elizabeth's
story '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'.
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.
'Where the Starlings Fly' is included in Unbraiding the Short Story, an anthology of stories
by writers participating in the 13th International Conference
on the Short Story in English, Vienna July 2014, ed. Maurice A Lee.
Elizabeth is the runner up in the 2014 Short Fiction
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
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 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).
was a founder co-editor (with Ailsa Cox) and publisher
(with Ailsa Cox and John Ashbrook) of the acclaimed short
story magazine Metropolitan.