Prize-winning short story Baby Blue Eyes re-published and available for free

A prize-winning short story by Paul Speller has been re-published online this week.

Baby Blue Eyes was Paul’s debut short story and it first appeared in Writing Magazine after winning a national competition.

The chilling tale of the fate of a vulnerable mother is available to read, for free, in horror fiction website Lonesome October Lit on Friday.

It has been a busy winter for Paul’s fiction.

His latest short story The Curious Child is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the Dimension6 annual collection 2017.

Paul recently also accepted an offer for publication on another short story and details should be confirmed in the new year.

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More political predictions from Paul

The January edition of Business 365 magazine is out now.

In his latest Grapevine column, Paul dusts off his trusty almanack to make some political predictions for the coming year in the Isle of Man.

The whole magazine is available to read online here.

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Is Tynwald an echo chamber?

In his latest Grapevine column for Business365, Paul Speller asks whether Tynwald has become the latest echo chamber.

Paul says it is time to end the self-congratulation that has started to pervade and warns that the public want more from their politicians.

You can read the December edition of Business365 here.

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The return of the blog

Blog headerPaul Speller has this week re-launched his blog.
After a hiatus of nearly two years, during which time Paul has concentrated on his journalism and PR work, the blog is returning with a new name, Twisted, and contains his first post in a while.
The new-look blog is heading in a different direction from his previous offerings, as Paul continues to pursue his interests in writing fiction. But all the old posts are still there for you to read.
You can check out the blog and Paul’s latest posts by clicking here, or on the Blog section of the menu.
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Prize-winning story is back online

Paul Speller’s prize-winning short story Baby Blue Eyes is back online.

Writing Magazine’s website underwent an upgrade earlier this year, but technical problems meant the section showcasing the work of competition winners was not available.

That has now been corrected.

Baby Blue Eyes was published in the print version of Writing Magazine in January, after judges chose the ‘chilling’ story as the winner of the magazine’s 1,o00 word competition.

You can read the Baby Blue Eyes by clicking here.

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Paul Speller wins fiction contest with ‘chilling’ short story

Paul 1Paul Speller has won a fiction competition in the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers after penning a story with what the judges described as a ‘chilling last-minute twist’.

Baby Blue Eyes is the tale of a young mother and her infant child and what happens one bedtime.

It won an open competition, for short stories of a maximum of 1,000, words in Writing Magazine.

The story has been published online here and will feature in the January edition of Writing Magazine.

The judges commented: ‘Winner Paul Speller presents us with a single scene of tenderness between mother and child, letting the back-story emerge slowly through the reflections of our close third-person viewpoint character.

‘Zooming in like this allows Paul the luxury of revelling in the details that colour the character of our unnamed mother so effectively, but also masking the clues, peppered throughout, to the chilling last-minute twist.’

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Paul addresses Medical Writers’ conference

Paul Speller was invited to give a presentation at the British Medical Writers’ Association annual conference.

The conference was held in the Claremont Hotel, Douglas, from October 3-5 and Paul was asked to give a talk on his experiences in journalism.

He covered matters such as how journalism in a small jurisdiction such as the Isle of Man differed, his opinion on the Leveson inquiry and how technology had changed the face of newspapers, as well as sharing some humorous anecdotes from his career.

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Sharing thoughts with primary school pupils

Paul gave a talk to year three pupils at Braddan School in the Isle of Man to help them with one of their tasks this year: to compile a class journal supplemented by a photo diary.

Braddan School pupils hear about the art of writingHe shared tips from his journalism background and also discussed what made a good photograph, before taking the children out of the class room to put into practice what they had discussed about pictures.

There was even time for some discussion on any celebrities Paul had met in his career and, despite their age, some of them were impressed to hear he once interviewed the late George Best!

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Paul Speller teams up with

Paul Speller and the Manx Advertiser have teamed up with popular website to share online versions of Paul’s regular column in the fortnightly magazine.

paul_speller_bannerA digital version of Paul’s column will appear on in the same week that it is published in the Manx Advertiser. Readers will also be able to view previous offerings from Paul.

In addition, it is planned to also share online at selected other Manx Advertiser articles and features after they first appear in print.

Click here to visit the new section of featuring Paul.

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Dora the Explorer article tops 52,000 hits

Paul’s blog article about Dora the Explorer and her demise as a feminist icon has now had more than 52,000 hits since it first went up.

Dora the Explorer, Google Images, Yahoo Image SearchIn the article, Paul criticises the changes to the children’s cartoon character over the years and bemoans the softening of her image.

Click here to read the full article.

You can also read more in Paul’s blog archive by clicking the link at the top of this page.

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