Listen to Maggie talking about Appetites: stories of love sex and death, between 9 and 10pm, on The Sophie Little Show, BBC Radio Norfolk, Friday November 1st, 2019.
And check out On the Shelf: the oxymoronic life of an under-published writer, podcasts in which memoir is mixed with readings, by Maggie, from eight of the nineteen stories in the Appetites collection. The six episode series is now on Spotify, iTunes as well as on her website: maggieling.com
Appetites: stories of love, sex and death has been selected by Waterstones (Norwich) as one of their favourite new releases from the year so far.
Carpe Diem , one of three linked stories stemming from The Homecoming (published in Appetites ), makes top 50 of 1100 entries to the BBC National Short Story Award
I am not a huge reader these days, but Maggie's " Appetites" has been a perfect solution to my years in the literary wilderness!
I have loved the simplicity of her short stories, but above all how she understands the complexities of human characters and is able to form interesting stories around them.
I shall look forward to the sequel with excited anticipation.
Thank you Maggie.
by Georgina Hughes
A very interesting and unusual collection of short stories about appetite in every sense of the word. Highly recommended.
Previously a cartoonist and illustrator, her work published in books, magazines and newspapers, her cartoon collection, One Woman's Eye, published by Virgin Books, Maggie swapped dip pen for iMac to work with words alone.
Since then, her short stories have been listed in numerous competitions, including the Fish short story Prize, the Asham Award, the Bridport Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award, and published in Unthology 1(Unthanks Books, 2010), Something Was There, the Asham Award-winning ghost story collection (Virago 2011), Unthology 5 (Unthank, 2014), Appetites: stories of love, sex and death (Matador, 2019) and The Fairlight Book of Short Stories: vol 1 (Fairlight Books, 2020). Online: her story Let Her Go was Seren's Short Story of the Month (serenbooks.com October 2017) and the Bridport shortlisted Bird Brains and thrice-listed Running Away on fairlight books.com, May 2019.
She lives in Norwich, a UNESCO City of literature.