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.
My latest Flash Fiction
Outside, already growing dark, the day is damp, dead, the last of the autumn leaves turn to mulch. Curb fodder.
Her class of thirty disinclined, apathetic adolescents, avid only for the shift of the clock towards the end of the afternoon.
But English lesson. And poetry. She recites:
‘”November. The month of the drowned dog.”‘
A slight snigger. At least someone is listening. Noting. She tries again.
Repeats Hughes’ line.
Now there is an audible laugh and an obscenity muttered.
But someone else looks up. Alert. Says,
She says it again. More confidently now.
Under his breath yet audible, the boy says,
“I like that. That’s good that is.”
And suddenly her day is brighter, the afternoon tolerable.
Some light restored.
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.