“A debut collection; brooding short stories of haunted lives and fragile hopes.”
“Lillian helps people to die. Ruth encounters an unsettling stranger on the towpath. Kathy obsesses over a painting. Robyn puts her trust in a fox. Mags is a forager; he takes the things he wants.
“Rooted in the landscape of the South Downs, where the chalk hills roll out to the sea, this incisive debut collection of short stories by Gina Challen explores the places where the familiar can become threatening.”
‘Mesmerised and amazed me in equal measure. How does the author cram such a richly textured narrative into such a small space? How does she manage to say so much with so few words?’ Katy Darby
And yes, believe it or not, Toby Litt is a previous contributor to New Short Stories. We have an embarrassment of riches, in that sense, though still seeking adverts (zero so far) for our latest edition, the eleventh in the series.
My short fiction chapbook “It’s Not Me, It’s You” will be launched next Thursday 26th September at 2.30pm at Cork City Library as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival. The other winning chapbook “A Middle Eastern No” by Jill Widner will be launched also. Can’t wait pic.twitter.com/0ndDgGseAx
As we previously reported, past contributors to WH New Short Stories, Brian Kirk and Jill Widner, enjoyed a double win at the Cork International Short Story Festival 2019. The garlanded stories are set to be launched in chapbook form at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th at Cork City Library.
ICYMI last night the shortlist for the 14th BBC National Short Story Award was announced, 5 stories inspired by #MeToo , Brexit and Trump. Get the anthology, available now from your local bookshop (if you don’t see it just ask!) 🏆 #BBCNSSA#shortstoriespic.twitter.com/oXeHjdjT9q