Katy Wimhurst’s first collection of short stories, Snapshots of the Apocalypse, is published by Fly on the Wall Press. Her fiction has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Guardian, Ouen Press, To Hull and Back, Fabula Press, Cafe Irreal, and ShooterLit. She also sometimes writes literary essays like this. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge and London universities and worked in publishing. She is housebound with the illness M.E. Her website: https://whimsylph.wordpress.com.
In her essay, author Katy Wimhurst explores how the experience of chronic illness challenges established (and often ableist) conventions of storytelling, opening up fiction – and indeed language itself – to new, imaginative possibilities.