I've been re-reading the four amazing pieces of flash fiction by David Swann that feature in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (Vol. 8. No. 1) published by the University of Chester, UK. They're incredibly good. I found "Dead Colleague" particularly powerful. Here's an excerpt of Swann's piece:
"I thought I saw him again today. He looked just the way I remembered, carrying a tray through the university canteen.The feeling lasted for less than a second. Then I recalled helping to empty his office after he died, remembered the large photograph we found hidden behind his filing cabinet: a rowing boat, painted sky-blue, pulled onto a bank of shingle, with a glimpse of sea beyond. He had stuck it in a place where no one would ever see it. Gulf of Corinth, 1978, it said on the back, in his handwriting.
His widow had said: 'Bin it all'.
But the boat refused to enter the waste-basket." ....
Amanda O'Callaghan is an award-winning writer of short stories and flash fiction. She has been published and won awards in Australia, Ireland and the UK.
Queensland Literary Fellowship
I am honoured to have been one of three recipients of a Queensland Writers Fellowship (2016). Congratulations to my fellow awardees: Trent Jamieson and Pamela Rushby