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William Burgon has just turned the tender age of 31. Ten years ago he imagined that by this time he would be a captain of a sea faring vessel, the bearer of a salty beard and teller of great adventures had upon the high seas. A muddled dream of Moby and Jaws he would cruise the seal rich waters around the Cape of Good Hope looking for the mythical giant great white that dwarfs all others. A man bent on destiny and revenge, tipping into madness. If not captain then at least the guy who chums the water… Reality of course is something completely opposite and now we find him in Salford, Greater Manchester. Not a cape in sight - the only body of water of note being the Manchester Shipping Canal - he has been landlocked since such flights of nautical fancy. He is a captain of sorts; retail management is a tenuous link but he stands at a helm, charting the choppy consumer infested waters, armed not with a cutlass but instead customer service. There is one adventure of note he has embarked on, one like no other. A year into fatherhood and each day is different with new challenges. He hates clichés but it is true, nothing ever prepares you for it. Of course he wouldn’t change anything. Amongst the maelstrom of a hyperactive infant and a full time job he still finds time to write. Scribbles here and there, notepads full, scenes pulled from dreams, a distinct amount of incoherence, this has been his writing career to date. A bedroom writer. A rare dalliance into the public domain saw a short story published in an online magazine called The Melting Pot, but that is all. With such experience he decided to write a novel and surprisingly its actually going quite well. The desire to write has always been there whether he was conscious of it or not. He has three things in his favour: an insatiable appetite for books, a deranged imagination and a stammer. The impediment has developed an obsession with words, their etymologies and language itself. Substituting words, rearranging sentences and phrasing just to maintain a level of fluency has given him a particular command of the English language that translates quite well into stories, when he finishes them.

Story: The Baru and The Balanda

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
The old cliche 'keep writing' ranks up there. This is synonymous with 'don't give up' which I hear frequently.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
It usually spends a couple of days, weeks or even months gestating inside my head. I can have multiple stories growing all at once. I often compare my mind to one of those crocodile rearing projects, with rows of eggs lined up under an incubator.

Reviews

Lisa Rose

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A very good story. I don't want to give too much away, but I loved the ending. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Cracks

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Great read. Looking forward to more work from the author.

Nevil Shute

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Stupendous. I just wanted to use that word. On a serious note, 5 stars. Proper reet great stuff.

The Ledge

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Beautifully written. Have to agree with everyone on here, great setting, interesting subject matter, enthralling throughout. Yes there were a few typos but I soon got over that. The ending was also obvious and a perfect way to conclude it.

Sausage

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William Burgon has a unique way with words, consistent with all his other work. His talent is how he puts them together, weaving plot and themes effortlessly without sacrificing character or punch. Time well spent.

Blue Moon Rising

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Loved it. 5 stars.

I'll be your huckleberry

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Aside from the odd typo this read very well. A unique subject matter, especially compared to the rest of the stories in this competition. Very good.

Buzznugget

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Wow, just wow. Such depth, really liked it. You deserve to go far in this competition. Good luck.

Satis Verborum

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Loved it. Great uplifting ending.

The Guardian

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Excellent, perfect balance of descriptive prose and dialogue. I liked the setting, it touched on a very real and dark part of our history. Great work.

Ripley's cat

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Wonderful! Evocative, touching, painful at times. I agree with everyone else when they say it's a great read. Keep up the good work.

Bubbles Jeff

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A great use of language, descriptions were so vivid I could shut my eyes and I was there in the story. I understood the end very well. They obviously got away. Excellent story.

Maxine Huntley

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Super story! Would love to read more of your stuff.

nik pandemonio invasion

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wowwwo,questa storia e veramenta stupenda,scritta a regola d arte,piena di emozioni e sentimenti,che ti fanno rimanere veramente a bocca aperta,leggendo questo libro sono riuscito ad entrare veramente nella storia e sono rimasto super entusiasta,complimenti,veramente bravissimo william!!!!

leilah

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great stuff. briliant!

Nigel

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Gripping!

Edmund Horniman

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A captivating story that left me wanting more!

Book lover

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I wish I understood the end better...The story was just getting to the good part and the author decided on a cloak and imagination ending...sigh. I wanted to see them escape.

Jim fixed it for me

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Brilliant story, really well written. Lovely stuff

Ben Relton

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A gripping, emotional and poetic piece that creates a huge impact within the 1st paragraph. This is what a reader desires. This Author, and his story is/are compelling. You immediately create your own imagery with each setting/character etc, from start to finish...and you constantly sympathise with them all-to the very end...Awesome!

Oldpop

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Like all good story telling, Will draws you in and holds your attention through all the twists and turns. Thought provoking and satisfying, a great story by a great new writer.

Makka

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W.Burgon has a habit of captivating readers with his excellent imagination. A well written story, it was absorbing from start to end.

Gus Hayden

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Really enjoyed this read, it was very descriptive and I could see and feel everything in the story.

Hardius

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Wicked story, hopefully you'll get to publish more!

Ledley

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Love this story

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