A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The launch of the streetcake experimental writing prize for 18 - 26 year olds

Supported by the Arts Council England and Writers’ Centre Kingston, this is the first year of an exciting new prize administered by streetcake magazine. We have been publishing quality experimental writing on our website for over ten years and we’re looking forward to expanding our remit and supporting young writers at the beginning of their writing career. With this prize, we seek to identify, recognise and develop young writers in the genres of short fiction and poetry.

This prize will be one of the first of its kind, aimed at young people (18-26 years old), who are responding creatively and extending the possibilities of the literature mold. Writers in this age band will shape the future of experimental writing and bring new ideas to this genre.

Please read some of what streetcake has previously published to give you an idea of what we mean by 'experimental' as this will give you a better chance of being successful!

The submission period will be open from March 4th 2019 and close on 14th June 2019.

There will be two age bands (18-21 and 22-26) in each category of short fiction and poetry, which means there 
will be four overall first place winners. We will also award a second and third place winner in each category.

The first place winners will receive six personalised mentoring sessions from our dedicated and experienced judges. Other prizes include personalised feedback from the streetcake editors and book bundles.

​All wining entrants will also be published online and in a hardcopy anthology, as well as being invited

to attend a winners’ event later in 2019.


Ed Cottrell 
Nik Perring 

SJ Fowler
Sascha Akhtar

Please see streetcakemagazine.com for their full biographies


The entry fee starts at £1 for one entry (£1.75 for 2 poems / stories and £2.25 for 3 poems). Each entrant can enter up to 2 pieces of fiction and 3 poems. You can only enter once in each category. Please read the rules for full details.

Please read the following before entering:

streetcake prize rules and entry info 

We have also put together some FAQs 

If you want to spread the word about our prize, you can download this flyer

If you have any queries or you wish to enter the prize (after reading the submission info), please email:streetcakeprize@gmail.com

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Review of Hope Alt Delete

The lovely Judy Darley from Sky Light Rain has written me a great review. Please check out their site and give my review a read if you like:


Here's a snippet:

'Rolling out and tuning into a multitude of voices, it feels like a conversation only half-overheard. Tantalising segments glimmer on the page, inviting us to move closer, listening harder, and maybe pocket a shining phrase or two to carry home and examine at our leisure.'

Thanks to Judy for reading and reviewing it!

You can buy my collection from Knives Forks and Spoons Press

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Review of Hope Alt Delete collection!

Hi everyone,

My first review of Hope Alt Delete can be viewed on mikeandenglish.wordpress.com

Full text is also below...

‘Hope Alt Delete’ by Nikki Dudley – Knives Forks and Spoons Press

This is a wonderfully elusive text, but it would seem the text is primarily about the inability to pin down meanings, so this is precisely the point/reflection: language is elusive, whether that is in talking about/in the world today, or just is, is a second-language, is interpretation, is the vernacular that does not fit expectation/etiquette, the playfulness of phonetics, and mis-hearing, mis-typing, mis-speaking, mis-teriousness, misspelling.
It is all about word/s and how we and machinery [in its broadest sense] define or control or alter or delete meaning. I hope that is a meaningful summation.
There is throughout a reading a sense of dislocation and disruption, whether this is in one’s understanding and/or speaking; or, in experiencing emotion, like love, so in this respect there are conventional themes alongside the unconventional.
Above all, the writing is experimental, though I do dislike the distancing this implies: how can any language writing perceptively about the world today not engage in alternatives to the conventional? In a world of rampant alternative facts, the poet needs to keep pace with other linguistic inroads to what is. Outroads? I think you get the idea.
The text is playful too. I believe there is plenty of teasing in the constantly shifting telling – to keep us engaged, to keep us on our toes, to keep us eluded.
The book’s opening poem Ayuda illustrates much of what I have mentioned [and this with two others can be read here at Knives Forks and Spoons Press],
I thought at first this was spoken by the central persona for the whole, but I don’t believe this is the case – there seem to be many other voices speaking/spoken about throughout the collection. But we do see here the engagement with an ever-shifting language and meaning, for speaker and reader, so we are all lost in a word now and in further poems. There are the verbal miscues of tols/tools, which is realistic enough in a persona speaking a ‘foreign’ language, and then there is the writer’s playfulness with under-stand/over-stand, and then the Poe-hams about love, if they are about love rather than being lost.
I don’t know. I don’t care that I don’t know.
Later in the book, in a storyline that has unravelled with the most elusive of clues [Dudley also writes thriller/crime novels….], or which has whilrled in dan generous spirals of many, we do come across an anchor of sorts, the poem Hope, though the importance/success of this human ambition is, as expected, and mimicked in its linguistic expression, thwarted:
And this leads into a poem titled cost-benefit where not only the language we write/speak/can’t speak but also print becomes a challenge to understanding and meaning, though
CAPITALISATION  is a dictator
does indeed convey its full meaning in the context of
This book is challenging to read but all the more relevant and engaging for this. There is so much cohesion in the dislocation, in fact, and perhaps that paradox is what resonates most in this experimental writing – and gives the very term a meaningfulness it deserves.
Highly recommended.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Poetry collection now available from Knives Forks and Spoons

My poetry collection, Hope Alt Delete, is now available from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press!

It's £7 in the UK and £11 outside the UK.

Please read a sample and check it out here:

Many thanks for your support.

Nikki x

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Poetry collection - Hope Alt Delete - coming soon!

Hi all,

Just to let you all know, I have a poetry collection forthcoming from The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.

The collection will be called HOPE ALT DELETE.

Here is the cover:

More soon...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Knives, Forks and Spoons subscriber scheme

Subscribe to read lots of poetry and you get my new forthcoming collection too! Exciting - I think so!


for books published between 2016 and 2017

Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £50, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Alison Gibb
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willie
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £100, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Rob Burton
Nikki Dudley
Alison Gibb
Jesse Glass
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Ira Lightman
Bruno Neiva
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willey
For further details see the KFS website 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Come and see me at The Blackpool Illuminations!

Hi everyone!

I really need to get back to keeping my blog up to date! In the long break since I last wrote on here, I've been quite busy writing various things, working as a teacher, being pregnant and finally, looking after my 7.5 month old!

Now though, there is some exciting news that has prompted me back online!

Myself, and nine other poets (who I will list below), are being featured in the Blackpool Illuminations this year! The event takes place between early September and early November.

The poets included are my good self, Steve Willey, Helen Ivory, Bruno Neiva (who has previously appeared in STREETCAKE), Wendy Heath, Rob Burton, Eileen Tabios, Jesse Glass and Ira Lightman.

The poem of mine featured is called 'Ctrl+Z' and can be found in the photographs below - as can be seen at the Illuminations. Obviously, it will look ever better at night.

You can read more about the illuminations HERE

A big special thanks to Alec Newman of Knives, Forks and Spoons Press and the Arts Council for making this possible!


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