Bitter Leaves

By Tabatha Stirling

A novel that will bring you to the dark heart of Singapore's maid culture

Friday, 30 December 2016

Moving On Swiftly to 2017, That One Story and Winners of the Flower Print competition.

Enduring Times

2016 has been an endurance test for most of us. I'm sure it can be put down to some astrological stunt that Mercury & Jupiter have decided would be hilarious to watch but it wasn't so much fun down here. I lost several of my idols, influences and creative superstars. Victoria Wood hit me hard because I've never been a fan of brutal satire like Brass Eye. I adored her hilarious but gentle observations in shows like Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques. Mrs Overall still makes me weep with laughter.

Bowie was, well, Bowie. One of the most creative people to exist in modern times. He was often referred to as a chameleon because of his changing styles and reincarnations. I think this is indicative of some creatives who are unable to stay in one place for too long. I am definitely a geographical nomad. I've only been in Scotland since June and already I'm champing for something else.

And Carrie. The poster girl for all that's fabulous and extraordinary about mental illness. Swamped by manic depression, she still managed to kick arse every day and I loved her for that.

That One Story ...

... that I just can't place however hard I try. It's called Plague Song and describes the breakdown of a relationship into murder between two lovers, Agnés & Albertine, against a backdrop of post-apocalyptic chaos. PS is my favourite story. One of the best I've written, but I just can't get it into print. I've submitted it countless times and have had both form rejections and the much sought after personal rejection with some editorial feedback (Who am I kidding? It's still a bloody rejection) to 'rave' reviews in Fictionaut and the now defunct Camroc Fiction Press but nobody will take it on.
It's not like I can 'kill my darlings' because they murder each other. One editor said that the third person perspective is too detached. Another said that I use a word to describe a certain part of a woman's anatomy which, is offensive and they can't print the story unless I change it. I'm not describing my nether's as a sodding V-Jay Jay whatever the creative cost!

Onwards again to the Flower Poster Competition winners. I am delighted to announce that after a cyber draw the two winners are:


Please get in touch and let me know what colour scheme you desire for your prints and snail-mail addresses (unless you want the poster in PDF format). It will be sent as a standard 10 x 10 but if you want it in another size, just let me know.

Congratulations to you both and thank you so much for the support x

And a massive thank you to everybody who pledged for Blood On The Banana Leaf in 2016. This post will turn up in all your inboxes because you have supported my writing and I am so grateful.

Let's hope 2017 brings a bag of pledges to get my campaign to 100%.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my darlings. See you on the upside!
Love, Tabby x


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Darius Stransky
 Darius Stransky says:

Just to say have a good year Tabs - and I'd love to read Plague Song - let me know when it's 'out there' x

posted 4th January 2017

Tabatha Stirling
 Tabatha Stirling says:

Thank you, my love x

posted 8th January 2017

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