Jude Hayland – Writer

A little bit about Jude:

Jude Hayland has been a freelance writer of commercial short fiction for many years and has been widely published in women’s magazines in the UK, in Australia and South Africa and, in translation in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  In 2013, her first full-length novel, TRUTH TO TELL, was completed and in 2017, her second novel, COUNTING THE WAYS was published.  Amongst the first cohorts of students on the University of Winchester’s Creative and Critical Writing M.A. courses, Jude graduated with DISTINCTION and since then has combined a career in writing, teaching and examining.  A previous runner-up in the Bridport Short Story competition, Jude is now working on her third novel.  Growing up in London, she has lived in Winchester for over 20 years, but spends part of the year living in a village in north west Crete.

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My latest Flash Fiction


A bevy of small girls in smart dresses, petticoats taut under skirts of pale pink.

“Look at my party shoes, they sparkle!” Birthday girl says to the newcomer who clutches her mother’s hand, unequal to the task of letting go, leaving that familiar smell of face powder and perfume and lipstick.

“Look at the cake!” Birthday girl says.  “Five candles.  Count them!”

And she does, still holding fast to that hand.  But enchanted by sugar flowers, iced rosettes.

Her first party.  First friend.

She lets go, little knowing that the bond of friendship thus flickered will flourish, endure.

Span decades.

Counting the Ways – what’s the novel about?

Grace Barnes, living in her subterranean one-room flat at the nether end of Earl’s Court, feels out of tune with striving, self-seeking 1980s London. Meeting Archie Copeland, she is gratified to have found a man who shares her obsession for reading and seems more fascinated by Shelley than shifting share prices.

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