In Memoriam Uschi Gatward

It is with great sadness that we learned earlier this month of the death of Uschi Gatward from cancer, having received a terminal diagnosis in September 2021.

Uschi’s stories have appeared in many anthologies including, Best British Short Stories 2015 (Salt), Flamingo Land & Other Stories (Flight Press), The Mirror in the Mirror (Comma). Her collection English Magic 2021 (Galley Beggar Press) was welcomed as ‘an exquisite debut’ by Lara Pawson in her review in The Guardian. In 20169 Uschi also contributed to Comma's anthology, Resist: Stories of Uprising. Her story 'The Tenth of April'  imagined black Chartist, William Cuffay’s role in the 1848 Great Chartist Meeting.

Uschi will always be remembered for her talent for empathising with her subjects through her contemplative writing. As Justine Jordan said when shortlisting English Magic for The Guardian’s list of Best Fiction of 2021, ‘What is most striking about her work is what is left unsaid.’

Most of all Uschi will be remembered as a thoughtful sensitive human being.

Uschi is survived by her partner Matthew Krishanu and daughter.

Dave Steele

 

For more about Uschi's writing see the Galley Beggar blog.