I’m so pleased that Angela Slatter has made the Aurealis Awards short-list with her story from Shimmer‘s art issue. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with her.
Angela has been short-listed in the Best Fantasy: Short Story category for her story â€˜Dresses, Threeâ€™, which was published in Shimmer magazine. She has had stories published in the US, UK, Canada and Australia but â€˜Dresses, Threeâ€™ had a rather unusual genesis.
â€œShimmer put together an art issue,â€ Angela says, â€œwhere they gathered five of their favourite artists and five of their favourite writers. They presented each writer with a piece of artwork and asked us to write a story about it. The piece I was given was by Chrissy Ellsworth and showed a woman looking over her shoulder, wearing a fabulous dress.
â€œThe story I wrote is based on the old tale â€˜Donkey Skinâ€™ and in my version the three dresses are made of peacock feathers, butterfly wings and words.â€