Interview with SNAP Winner: Bradley Garnham

1. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE WINNER OF THE 2021 SNAP AWARD? I think I would best describe the feeling as satisfying. Not necessarily because I was fortunate enough to win, but more regarding the progression of my SNAP entries, given that I was shortlisted my first year, runner up my second, and… Read more »

by Rose Gant 3 months ago

1. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE WINNER OF THE 2021 SNAP AWARD?
I think I would best describe the feeling as satisfying. Not necessarily because I was fortunate enough

to win, but more regarding the progression of my SNAP entries, given that I was shortlisted my first year, runner up my second, and the winner in my final year at university. It’s a nice little progression.
2. WAS THERE A PARTICULAR LOCATION OR MEMORY THAT INSPIRED YOUR STORY?
I chose to focus on the town of Dunwich, just north of Sizewell, that was progressively washed into the sea, with the ghost story surrounding it saying that you can sometimes hear the bells of the ruined churches. While I certainly dramatized it a bit, the storyitself was entirely true – I did hear the bells at Dunwich many years ago, when I was walking with my Grandma along the shore.
3. WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? (DO YOU PLAN YOUR STORIES OR JUST WRITE FREELY?)
It depends entirely on what I’m writing. Short stories like this are best done freely, and ironed out once you’ve hit a reasonable ending. Longer work or anything with a substantial plot is much easier to build upon when you know where it has to go, so I always plan that ahead of time. That is, when I’m not procrastinating like I am right now (I’ll get one of my novels finished eventually).
4. ARE YOU INSPIRED BY ANYONE IN PARTICULAR IN YOUR WRITING? (WRITER OR OTHERWISE)
No. I wish I could give you a more substantial answer than that but… no, I am not. I write simply because I enjoy it. Being good at it is just a happy coincidence.
5. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FUTURE ENTRANTS OF SNAP?
Listen to music that suits the tone of your piece as you write it. If I could have a certain track play in people’s heads as they read, I absolutely would. Seeing as I can’t, writing it with the music in the background is the next best thing.