Words and Pictures – New Project

I’m working on a writing project I promised myself a while back and now it makes sense for it to see the light of day. I just hope I’ve not given myself too tight a deadline. Between 2009-2012 I wrote intermittently for the flash fiction site ElephantWords.co.uk,  amassing around 50 short stories in total. Not all of them made the cut but those I really liked I’ve collected into a book, and the deadline? Thought Bubble Festival 15-16 of November of course!

Mysterious Lights

Right now I am busily compiling images to accompany each story. As the premise for Elephant Words is a weekly visual writing prompt it seemed fitting, but my natural inclination to pair words and pictures meant this was something I’d want to do anyway.  I thought it might be nice to share some of the pics here too, as a little taster for the book. Enjoy!

Photography -Bridgeen Gillespie- words and pictures

I’ve recently embraced instagram as a photo sharing medium. I like the immediacy and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the photo editing tools. I’ve long been a fan of low-fi photos and instagram gives you the ability to do something evocative and even impressive with med/low res phone pics. I decided to adopt IG’s square format as a unifying theme for the images in this collection. I’ll be sharing some of the pictures for the book there as I work on it. You can find me on instagram here.




  1. […] portraits and other works at Thought Bubble this November and debuting my new personal project: a collection of short stories with accompanying images. You can read more about it […]


  2. […] I created only a couple of illustrations in the end opting to stick to photo ‘illustrations’ for the stories over all to keep the ‘Flash’ in the flash fiction. But I enjoyed the excuse to get my dip pens out for the first time in years. They give a nice and scratchy effect in keeping with the low-fi look of the rest of the images (like those I posted here). […]


  3. I thought I would add this comment to this post in case someone stumbles upon it and wonders how the project went.

    First, let me say that I was pretty excited about this project. It’s such a cool idea. I feel like it’s exactly the kind of thing that would have made me appreciate writing and short stories a little better when I was younger.

    I really enjoyed your book. You have a great imagination and some of the stories lead me in directions I was not expecting, which is pretty impressive considering their short length. I loved so many of them, but I especially loved the ideas: the hairy husband, leaking butterflies, being in love with a ghost, and ever changing graffiti. Of course, my favourite was The Library. There’s a bunch of scrawled hearts next to the title now because I loved everything about the story (and the accompanying picture).


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