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Alby Stone: A Matter of Life and Death, Whatever

Copyright © 2016 Alby Stone Shackleton was bloody cold. Like his long-ago namesake he had trekked across what seemed like hundreds of miles of ice and snow and had now arrived, hungry and thirsty, on his friend’s doorstep, hoping for … Continue reading

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David Douce: A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Have you been involved in an Annunciation? Was it the Angel’s fault? Slipped on a marble floor when surprised by a sudden angelic apparition? Involved in a disputed paternity case? Struggling with census forms? Need to prove virginity? Gold, Frankincense … Continue reading

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James Holden: Some thoughts on the 2015 National Short Story Award

Like last year, I thought I’d post my thoughts about the BBC’s Short Story of the Year competition. If you’re not familiar with it, this award is open stories that have previously been published or authors who have a track … Continue reading

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James Holden: The Pen Behind His Ear

In an office full of eccentrics, Paul seemed relatively sane by comparison. There were no comedy ties, no opening of meetings with a commentary on Jimmy Webb lyrics, or extreme exercise or dietary regimes. But what he did have, was a … Continue reading

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Alby Stone: Thirty Minutes

Copyright © 2015 Alby Stone I was ready to leave. Out of habit, I was early to avoid having to rush for my train. But I didn’t want to step out of the front door. That would signal the beginning … Continue reading

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James Holden: Colin Barrett’s riot of language

Although I’m not getting much writing done myself at the moment, my commute to work means that I still have the time to read, and I’ve just finished reading Colin Barrett’s collection of short stories, Young Skins. One of my … Continue reading

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James Holden: Sarah Waters and keeping track of progress

Sarah Waters is one of my favourite authors, not only for the trilogy of Victorian novels with which she made her name, but her most recent wartime and post-war novels The Night Watch and The Little Friend. So I was delighted … Continue reading

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