Story of the Month, June 2019

The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month

June 2019: Set Dance by Angela Sherlock

“Suddenly, very precisely placing the oddity of individual lives in the perspective of a bigger, slower rural pattern where everything can be accepted…Angela Sherlock’s Set Dance, a very unusual story, a very interesting story.” (Maggie Gee)

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Angela Sherlock has worked in engineering and in education, but now lives in Devon where she writes full time. She has published reviews and articles but now concentrates on fiction. ‘Set Dance’ comes from her collection, To know they dreamed, which explores the Irish diaspora. She is currently working on a collection that takes its themes from elements of the periodic table. Her stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, the most recent online in Virtual Zine. (www.angelasherlock.com)

“Set Dance” is also available in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 5 together with stories by eleven other outstanding writers.

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Story of the Month, May 2019

The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month

May 2019: Rash by Megan Taylor

“The ancient hinged mirror reflected back three Frans, each one streaked. Beyond her, the walls of her bedroom were a faded peach, her teenage posters removed long ago, but in the lamp’s glow, the walls appeared duskier than usual and Fran also looked muted, almost satiny, despite the rash.”

Megan Taylor

Megan Taylor is the author of three novels, ‘How We Were Lost’ (Flame Books, 2007), ‘The Dawning’ (Weathervane Press, 2010) and ‘The Lives of Ghosts’ (Weathervane Press, 2012), as well as a collection, ‘The Woman Under the Ground and Other Stories’ (Weathervane Press, 2014), which includes her Willesden Herald’s shortlisted ‘Rash’.

Recent short stories have been placed in several competitions, and appeared in a variety of publications, including Dark Lane’s 6th and 7th anthologies and Neon.  A fourth novel, ‘We Wait’, is due out from Eyrie Press in 2019. (Website: www.megantaylor.info)

“Rash” is also available in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 8 together with stories by nine other outstanding writers.

Coming Soon: Stories from the Books

I’m pleased to announce that we will be featuring some of the great short stories from the Willesden Herald book series New Short Stories, to appear in the Story of the Month slot, by prior arrangement with the writers. Already three or four are lined up. Meanwhile you can browse the books, which are all still available, here.

Authors: If you had a story short-listed in any year of the competition and wouldn’t mind seeing it featured here, please let me know, as these will only be published with your permission. There’s a back-issue book awarded for each story contributed. (Ed.)

For Books’ Sake: Animalia Paradoxa by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Direct link: Animalia Paradoxa by Henrietta Rose-Innes
Link to buy the book from the publisher: Boiler House Press

Starting to Write – Toby Litt

“The aim of this Course is to get you writing and reading with energy, to help you avoid some painful mistakes, and to show you how you can rapidly improve your short stories.”

Danielle McLaughlin receives Windham-Campbell award

Congratulations to Danielle McLaughlin on being one of the writers to receive this outstanding award. Danielle was the winner of the Willesden Herald New Short Stories prize 2013, as adjudicated by David Means. You can read her story “Holidaying with the Megarrys” in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7.

Olga Zilberbourg: A story from St Petersburg in the early 1990s

Read: Bananas for Sale by Olga Zilberbourg

Friends of Willesden Herald take both Southword fiction chapbook awards 2019

Congratulations to Jill Widner and Brian Kirk, both past contributors to Willesden Herald New Short Stories (as kindly acknowledged in their credit lists), on taking the International and Irish top prizes in the Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition 2019.