Hello there

Jim Minton is a new writer of fiction, based in London but raised in the North East of England. On this website you can read his published works, which are mostly - but not all - darkly funny tales of growing up in Northumberland. You can also find out about Undertone, his new novel and read more about Jim, if you wish. All works are his copyright. So you can't pretend they are yours, even if you want to!



Jim's published writing



For ease of access, here is my published writing to date. It is a modest, but hopefully interesting, collection.

October 2016

Written earlier in the year actually, and submitted to Liars League where it didnt quite make the cut - twice. Nice feedback, though, with at least one of the judges thinking it should have been selected apparently. Emboldened, I dusted it off to read out at Red Army Fiction in October. It is another tale of growing up, this time discovering the secrets of your friend's parents - and also discovering stuff about yourself. It went down quite well at the reading.

August 2016

Guardian article

Here is something I wrote for work but it made the front page of the Guardian website. It is some reflections on the demise of charity Kids Company which happened in August 2015 and got a lot of media coverage at the time. My article was well received, I think.

November 2013

Egnaro

Written for, and performed at the Tower Hamlets Write Idea Literary Festival, it is a story about a boy getting into trouble after making a clumsy mistake at school. People liked the ending. Read it here.

September 2013

Swim Club
A short story written for performance at Red Army Fiction's regular evening in Bethnal Green. It's a coming of age with a twist about an after school swimming club. People enjoyed the reading and I've been invited back to perform again.You can read it here.

December 2012

Hungry Boys
This was written for Liars League in December 2012. Orignally conceived as a story about food (hence the title) it evolved into a more "gothic" piece about fear and darkness. Sarah Feathers, the actor who read it got it pitch perfect, capturing beautifully the innocence of the character describing events on a Hackney estate after dark. Here it is.

June 2012
I was invited to read at a pop-up space in Greenwich during the 2012 Olympics. I wrote a piece specially for it, about the unglamourous side of the Games. The small crowd who attended the reading found the story funny and engaging. It's probably a bit lightweight, but it suited the mood of the evening.

October 2010

Skinless and Boneless
A short stort written first for my City University writing class, then submitted to Liars League in Autumn 2010. About two boys on a night out in Newcastle. People seemed to enjoy the pace, the voice and the characters. Here is the link where you can read the whole story. You can also listen to the podcast of Alex Mann, the actor who read it out - he struggles at times with the accent but gets the pace and nuance of the story really well.

and some non fiction

May 2013

Union Berlin blog
For what it's worth, I've also included my observations on football in Berlin, which were published on Mark Wilson's excellent I'm an FC Union Berlin Man blog.

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