Three-time nominated Lucy Caldwell has won the sixteenth BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) with ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’, a story taken from her 2021 collection, Intimacies. The news was announced live on BBC Front Row by 2021 Chair of Judges, James Runcie. Caldwell, a multi-award-winning writer from Belfast, was previously shortlisted in 2012 and 2019.BBC Radio 4 National Short Story Award 2021
“Every year we choose a book that we hope will capture the imaginations of the people of Dublin, of all ages and walks of life, and I know that Nora will prove a rewarding reading experience for all who engage with One Dublin One Book 2022. For the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, it’s important for us to honour the contemporary writers Joyce has inspired, as well as the woman who inspired him. We look forward to working with Nuala O’Connor to create a programme of events next April that we hope will encourage many discussions and conversations.”Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens
“Unless He Is Born Again” by David Butler was our Story of the Month for August, 2020
Congratulations to David Butler on winning this competition, which is part of the Omagh Literary Festival, and named in honour of the great Irish short story writer Benedict Kiely. It’s always gratifying to see past contributors making more waves. (Ed.)
We're back with all new stories. Here's something to think about because, you know, nothing at all is happening in the world these days, is it? Read the whole story before you make up your mind about this one. It might not be just what you think. (Ed.)
The Willesden Herald Story of the Month
October 2021: How They Do by Jack R. Johnson
“Al Nash kept the dark secret of his hair loss hidden under his favorite blue
canvas Navy cap, and pulled it even lower as he told his son, Troy Nash, about
Robert E. Lee …”
Jack R. Johnson is a monthly columnist for North of the James Magazine in Richmond, Virginia; an editor of The Alliance for Progressive Virginia blog and a contributor to Style Magazine. His published works include short stories, articles and the novel, An Animal’s Guide to Earthly Salvation. His latest novel, In Black and White, is scheduled to be published by Propertius Press in 2022.
Story of the Month is back as an occasional feature.
I look forward to reading those new short stories that are out there somewhere, running around, gambolling and frisking but also lazily drowsing, hysterical or … actually this could be quite a long list, so let’s just say send your best. (Steve)
Photo: Editor in Gladstone Park, attended by atomies, 2009
Nicholas Hogg’s short story Paradise was included in the first Willesden Herald New Short Stories anthology. He has gone on to great things. Visit NicholasHogg.com.
JOHNNY CARUSO IS BORN into the urban turmoil of 1950s and ’60s working-class Brooklyn. Wedged between the limited worldview of his parents—alcoholic and abusive Bellisario and browbeaten, unstable Maria—and his liberal-minded older brother and sister, young Johnny struggles to navigate his childhood and adolescence.Verve House Books
Thank you to John Califano for including Willesden Herald New Short Stories in the Acknowledgments for Johnny Boy. His story Independence Day was our Story of the Month, August 2018.
July 2021: Spectacular debut novel by Jarred McGinnis, whose short story “Learning Stick” in New Short Stories 4 showed the brilliance that would eventually lead to Canongate publishing his novel The Coward.
You won’t find a more uplifting read in these dark times.Irvine Welsh
Short Stories: Listings of Willesden Herald books from websites that support local bookshops
- Willesden Herald books from Bookshop.co.uk
- Willesden Herald books from Hive.co.uk
- Willesden Herald books from Waterstones
Poetry: Last Night’s Dream Corrected (2006)
- Last Night’s Dream Corrected from Bookshop.co.uk
- Last Night’s Dream Corrected from Hive.co.uk
- Last Night’s Dream Corrected from Waterstones
Poetry: Southernmost Point Guest House (2014)
- Southernmost Point Guest House from Bookshop.co.uk
- Southernmost Point Guest House from Hive.co.uk
- Southernmost Point Guest House from Waterstones
Books by Yours Truly
- The London Silence by Stephen Moran from Bookshop.co.uk
- The London Silence by Stephen Moran from Hive.co.uk
- Day of the Flying Leaves by Stephen Moran is seeking a distributor.
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