Stockholm Writers Group Remembers Marti G. Parker

Marti G. Parker was a founding member of the Stockholm Writers Group and was active in it from 1994 to 2015. Marti was born in upper New York state but spent much of her childhood in Alaska. In the 1970s, she came to Sweden and worked as a nurse’s aide, physical therapist, and English teacher before studying social work. Eventually she became a professor of social gerontology at the Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institutet, where she researched the daily lives of old people.

“It’s not surprising that one or two old people always find their ways into my stories,” Marti said. She published two novels under the pseudonym Martha Gale, Knowing Place and Knowing Past.

Marti died in 2017 following a long illness. Her warmth, generosity, and honesty continue to motivate the Stockholm Writers Group.

An anthology on Marti’s recurring themes of aging, death, and foreignness will be published by the Group in the spring of 2019. The anthology will include pieces by Marti G. Parker and others, primarily current and former members of SWG.

Reading at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

by Cas Blomberg

On April 7th, 2016 the English Bookshop in Stockholm set out chairs, poured the wine and opened up the floor for four members of the Stockholm Writers Group to read their poetry and prose to guests. 

Rebecca Lynn Foreman writes a poem every day and she has a stack of journals to prove it. For this event, she presented some of her more recent poems ranging in themes from airplane neighbors to nature.

Rebecca Lynn Foreman reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

You might ask yourself if anything is better than yoga, and the answer is, yes, Sara Hendey's poems! Sara chose a selection of poems from her completed work, “Patanjali’s Eggs,” a hybrid collection of prose and poetry focusing on the traditions and practices of yoga. 

Sara Hendey reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Cas Blomberg read an excerpt from her work in progress, a fantasy novel titled Flameborne, which is a sequel to the published Ashborne: The First Chronicle. Flameborne is in the final stages of editing and is expected to be released in 2016. 

Cas Blomberg reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Ron Pavellas writes poetry and prose, but for this event he chose a variety of poems written during the chilly month of November, 2014, which included a lovely selection of Haiku and even a Haiban celebrating cinnamon. 

Ron Pavellas reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and we'd like to extend a special thank you to the English Bookshop in Stockholm for hosting us. If you missed us, we hope to see you next time! 

Paddy Kelly Publishes in Analog

By Karen Hagersten

SWG member Paddy Kelly’s short story “Lonely Hearts of the Spinward Ring” appears in the April 2016 issue of Analog: Science Fiction and Fact. Analog is the longest running continuously published magazine in science fiction and historically influential in that genre. The magazine is known for its plausible speculations about the future and the way people might live.

Paddy has always been fascinated by the contact ads in the local newspaper and one day wondered how they might look if that newspaper was instead published on a multispecies space station. This short piece was the result.

Paddy's academic background is in physics, engineering and education, but it may be his experiences as a recovering on-line dater that readers will recognize in the vaguely desperate classifieds in "Lonely Hearts of the Spinward Ring." Paddy also writes poetry and novels and tweets as @spongepaddy. His rarely updated blog can be found at http://swimmingtothesun.com.