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Liz Berg

Meeting Liz Berg, judging the Short Story category for Hysteria 2017

Liz Berg is one of our team of short story judges in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2017. Liz is a storyteller with a background in education who has told stories in schools, mental health homes, clubs, festivals and parks. She has a special interest in Jewish stories, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi and is part of Mazed- collecting and retelling stories from  South East Cornwall. You can meet Liz on her blog at: lizberg.wordpress.com

Where and when do you do most of your reading?

I read everywhere.  I read late at night in bed, but I also stay up to finish a book I can’t put down. I read in the car, waiting for the children to get out school.

What are you reading currently?

I have several books on the go at the moment- Judas, Amos Oz; The Museum of Extraodinary Things, Alice Hoffman; The Eyes of Venice, Alessandro Barbero.

Are you a library lover, a bookshop bird or an online owl?

I admit to being indiscriminate. I download books, I borrow from the library and I buy in my local bookshop. I can’t stop. I also borrow from the ‘library’ set up in our local shop and from my writing group friends.

What advice would you give your younger writing self?

My advice is: Have faith in yourself, and persevere. Shut out the controlling advice.

What emotion do you associate with good writing?

Good writing engenders the white water rafting of emotions. I love to laugh and to cry, to feel that pull in the stomach.

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