Dan takes talent to London

Author Dan Powell EMN-140528-132948001
Author Dan Powell EMN-140528-132948001

A Lincolnshire-based author is taking his talents to the capital as he is set to appear at the London Short Story Festival later this year.

Dan Powell published a collection of short stories earlier this year and will be speaking alongside fellow writers at the festival in October.

The author recently moved to Lincolnshire after living in Germany and his collection ‘Looking Out Of Broken Windows’ was shortlisted by Salt Publishing for their 2013 Scott Award.

His short story ‘Half Mown Lawn’ won the 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize and is included as part of his collection.

“I’ve always been writing,” Dan said. “But about five years ago I started a Creative Writing degree with the Open University.

“I’m due to complete a Masters in Creative Writing later this year and I’m currently working on my first novel.”

The Haltham-based novelist is also working as a supply teacher at a number of schools in Lincolnshire and will be working at a school in Alford from September.

His appearance at the London festival on June 21 will be alongside fellow novelists Robert Shearman, Adam Marek and Tania Hershman.

As well as appearing at different writing festivals across the UK, Dan will be leading a workshop in Horncastle as part of the Wolds Words Festival in October.

The week-long festival takes place in and around Louth and Horncastle and Dan will be leading a workshop on October 18.

“When I felt as though I had enough good short stories I put them together in a collection,” Dan continued. “Unfortunately I didn’t win the Scott Prize, but was told it was very close.

“A week later I got a call from the publishers to say they wanted to publish it.”

Dan wants to use what he has learned in helping youngsters turn their hands to creative writing.

“They’re introducing a creative writing A-Level and I know that if that were available to me when I was young I would have wanted to do it.”