Katrina Barton Best

21 Nov

Meredith watched, spellbound, as the package of tripe shimmied towards her. It was the only item on the conveyor belt moving autonomously, a quivering cube of translucence, its slimy off-white contents encased in see-through plastic. It wobbled from side to side in time to the Muzak. Every second beat it caught the glare of the overhead strip lights and emitted a little glint.

from “Tripe and Onions”, Bird Eat Bird (Insomniac Press,


Katrina Best has won the Canada/Caribbean section of the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book with her short story collection Bird Eat Bird (Insomniac Press). She is originally from the UK. Katrina spent several years in Vancouver before moving to Montreal, where she now works as a story editor, screenwriter and script analyst.


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