In the Thunderdome: Craig Wallwork

Mr Wadsworth and the Flea Circus

“I noticed it first at the second meeting. His hands were smaller, and when he held the metal high-dive model complete with board and splash, it appeared much bigger than it did in my hand. …”  >> Read more

Craig Wallwork is one of my personal favorites, as humans go. He is fearless in ways that are too rare among writers; he will say anything, if it means making a reader laugh. Or making a friend feel loved. He wins for formidable earnestness, and we win for getting our hands on his exceptional writing.

I love this photo of him. He looks cooler than the rest of us, and knowing him like I do—how he reacts to compliments—I can’t resist trying to say the things that turn such a hard face bright red.

Details are fuzzy now, but in my memory I begged him to be in this anthology, regardless of his perceived difference in writing style. I don’t win many arguments, but I’m quite happy I won that one.

—PV

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One response

  1. Part of me didn’t want to leave a comment for fear I would say something that would lack my sincerest thanks. And maybe part of me wanted to be that cool writer you seem to think I am and be all blasé and nonchalant like it’s something I hear all the time, but the truth is, that’s the nicest thing anyone has said publically about me. For that reason, I’m beyond words, and my gratitude can only be measured in scarlet skin and extended Adam’s Apple.

    08/04/2011 at 12:52 AM

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