The Collector

"I had nowhere to escape to." 

In the months following her daughter's death, writer Diane Simmons' family gradually began to return to their normal lives, but Diane didn’t seem able to move on. She couldn't write — though the image of a grieving mother at a river bank kept returning to her.

She reads the story that found its way out of that image.

Diane Simmons studied creative writing with the Open University. Her fiction has featured in a variety of anthologies and publications including: Mslexia, New Flash Fiction Review, Flash I Love You (Paper Swans), To Carry Her Home (BFFA), The Lobsters Run Free (BFFA), Firefly Magazine, The Yellow Room and five NFFD anthologies. She has been placed in numerous story competitions such as National Flash Fiction Day micro, Writers’ Forum, Woman and Home, Ink Tears, Worcs Lit Fest, ITV’s This Morning/She, 99 Fiction and The Frome Festival as well as being short or longlisted for competitions such as The Fish, Exeter Flash and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her recently completed novella-in-flash was long listed for the 2018 Bath Novella-in-Flash competition. Diane has helped judge several flash competitions, has been a reader for the international Bath Short Story Award and is part of the organising team for the UK Flash Fiction Festival. Her debut flash collection ‘Finding a Way’ will be published by Ad Hoc Fiction in early 2019.

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