National Short Story Week 2017 runs from 13-19 November.
To celebrate it, I've put together an anthology of some of my short stories. What most (nine of the eleven) have in common is that they won or were short/long-listed in competitions including the Muriel Spark Short Story Award, judged by Maggie O' Farrell, and the Scotsman/Orange Short Story Award. All the stories have been published in anthologies/magazines.
The Real Thing
Inspired by Pride & Prejudice’s Mary Bennet, long-listed for the Jane Austen Short Story Award in 2009. Looking at her sisters’ relationships, Mary concludes that fiancés are fun but husbands are hard work.
Four in the Morning
Judged by Maggie O’Farrell, winner of the Muriel Spark Short Story Competition, 2008. Her memories, her worries about her daughter, strange noises in the dark house – all conspire to prevent newly widowed Alison from sleeping.
The Ties that Bind
When Eleanor and Doug sort out their late mother’s possessions they come across a puzzling photograph.
Home before Dark
Was this move to the country a good idea – or a terrible mistake? It’s late – surely Billy should be home by now?
The Shimmering Shores
Joy gets away from an unhappy home life by taking the bus down the Scottish east coast every week, hoping to have a chat with bus driver Vic.
It’s 1923. Beatrice pays a visit to the sad lady in the house across the square and makes an unexpected friend in her garden.
Anne remembers the sweets she used to get in the village shop, including the ‘lucky tatties’ – but who were they lucky for?
Georgie may never have won a show-jumping medal at the Olympics but she does have something that has eluded her former rival.
Booty and The Beast
The narrator gives up on love to concentrate on her career as beauty columnist but she can never forget Ronan.
Barbara thinks she made the right decision all those years ago but a new young colleague makes her wonder if it’s too late to change her mind.
Shortlisted for the Scotsman/Orange Short Story Award in 2006. Liam recovers from an injury, sustained on active service, in the company of his younger sister – but can he ever tell her about that other world he’s been through?
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