Following Neil’s success in The London Magazine’s very competitive short story competition, with his story The Soviet Prom coming third, the budding writer has seen increasing interest in his work. After an article posted by the Open University hailing Neil as a success story of their establishment the writer was contacted by a book club in Milton Keynes who were keen to discuss the writers’ recent work. Harriet Buckingham, convenor of the book club, said ‘We were really lucky that Neil came along to the meeting and talked us through how he came up with the idea for the story, and the process of writing. It made for a fascinating evening.’ Mr Herrington’s reward for this guest appearance came in the form of gratitude from his new but expanding fan base and lashing of pie, mash and real ale. As tension in Ukraine becomes the focus of almost all national news channels Neil Herrington is a writer whose work sits at the peak of current and past affairs. Neil commented that ‘The theme to which I keep returning is the effect that large political decisions have individual people’s lives and choices.’ We look forward to hearing more from this writer in the future and let’s hope that The Soviet Prom is just the start of successful career in writing.
You can read Neil’s short story The Soviet Prom here