"A highly talented author" (Thomas Mobius)
"So intangible" (Ann Smith)
"A deeply imaginative mind" (Tom Slick)
Bell’s voice retains her witty absurdism, but it is complemented by a greater confidence that allows more depth of situation and character. ... What makes a book that includes both ‘Sharpening The Knives’ and ‘The Lost Art of Transportation’ coherent is a shared ethos, a suspicion against the placating comforts of the mundane as and essential dishonesty of the everyday. This is what makes Laissez Faire so unsettling and so worthwhile reading. It’s a series of concentrated and focussed interrogations of the weirdness behind the expected.
Morgan Bell is a young Australian woman, born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1981. She attended primary school in the regional areas of New South Wales, including the Northern Rivers, and the South Coast, and attended secondary school in the southern suburbs of Newcastle. She currently lives in Sydney and works in Local Government as an engineer. Morgan is university educated in civil engineering, traffic engineering, technical communications, linguistics, and literature. She is a member of Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle Writers Group, and Newcastle Speculative Fiction Group. Her short story "It Had To Be Done" was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012, and her short story "Midnight Daisy" was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, being awarded a Story Commendation at the exhibit launch, and with live readings on ABC 1233 in February 2014 and Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2014. In March 2014 Morgan's short story "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer's Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014.
Debut single-author collection (2014)
Follow-up single-author collection (2017)
Sproutlings: A Compendium of Little Fictions
An anthology of fantasy flash fiction (2016)
Morgan is an occassional film critic and book reviewer for the Salty Popcorn website, the brainchild of Jason King. Morgan and Jason have been blogging buddies from way back and are both opinionated movie buffs.
Newcastle Writers Festival 2016
Morgan Bell’s Sproutlings is a mesmerising collection of exquisite peculiarities. Welsh and Cornish mythology. Australian campfire tales. Astral and fantastic. The pertinency of forty-three modern authors is punctuated by bites of botanical fiction from Poe, Lawson, Orwell, Lawrence, Wells, Alcott, and Wilde in this tour de force of tiny stories.
Trouble By The Jarful
Morgan's next collection of short stories is due out in early 2015, it is called Laissez Faire. The third instalment in the flash fiction series will be Tardigradous.