Competition Adjudicator, Laura Foakes said of my story, Acting Abby
This multi-layered story stayed with me long after each reading, which is always a sign of a job well done. The author conveyed his/her understanding of the vagaries of the human condition in a profound but unsentimental way. The wistful first-person narration drew me immediately into the story and the “voice” was strong. I particularly liked the device of using a stage play as a metaphor for the judgements people/audiences make, and the eventual unfolding of the “choice” the narrator made. The author invites us to judge at our peril. This is a very accomplished and thought provoking piece of work.
Credit: Painting by Stephen Morgan