I’m very much looking forward to this event. Here you will get to meet the editors of Digbeth Stories, hear their thoughts on the state of publishing in the UK, why they’ve chosen Digbeth and what makes a good piece of writing as well as hear from Kit de Waal who will be submitting a brand new story to the anthology. As well as all the above it’s an ideal opportunity to meet other writers and to pitch your story ideas to the editors. See you there.
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Calling all artists/photographers/graphic designers.
There’s a great opportunity at Mantle Lane Press for book cover designers.
There are three books that need covers including my own short story collection, Night Swimming. Please check out the link below for details and share this on your own networks.
You can also hear some of the writers of the latest Mantle Lane Press Anthology read from the collection at this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival.
What Haunts The Heart is a new collection of short stories by brilliant writers from across the Midlands, presenting a host of haunted characters: a waxwork-maker, a doomed puppeteer, an isolated writer… What Haunts The Heart weaves together tales of lost love, regret, bad decisions, madness, secrets, obsession and redemption.
Come and hear a selection of these fantastic stories performed live by writers including William Gallagher, Liza Kershaw and Fiona Joseph.
Tickets are £3 and available here.
Andrew Oldham, Angela Readman, Ashlet Stokes, Ashley Stokes, Charlie Wilkinson, CS Mee, Elizabeth Baines, Garrie Fletcher, John D Rutter, Jose Varghese, Kowalski, KS Silkwood, Maggie Ling, Mark mayes, Robin Jones, Roelof Bakker, Sarah Bower, short stories, Unthank Books, Unthology 5, Victoria Heath
Wow, it seems like I’ve been waiting forever, but at last, Unthology 5 is out.
Fourteen very different, but equally compelling, tales wrapped up in a gorgeous Unthology cover and just waiting to be read.
I’m not about to go on about how good all the stories are -but they are damn good- because that’d feel a bit vain as my story Kowalski is in amongst them. However, what I will do is point you in the direction of a rather fine review that does all that for me…
You can read this review in its original setting here.
Unthology 5 edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones
Review by The Mole
The long awaited Unthology 5 is finally here. And I mean that… Maryom has been regularly pestered by me when on Twitter – “Anything on Unthology yet?” and finally it’s here and it was well worth the wait. I read and reviewed Unthology 4 and if you want to know what I thought about it then turn Unthology 5 over and read the back! (or read ithere)
With 14 stories that start with an abduction and finish with the end of the world this collection is everything the last one was except… it has one more story crammed in. A Little More Prayer will horrify you and have you rooting for the victim, Daddy’s Little Secret will leave you wondering what is going on in “Daddy’s” head, A Writer Tries To Work It Outwill have you hoping for true love and so it goes on – each story touching you in some way and leaving you thinking about the “rest” of the story. That’s one of the things I love about short stories – the way they tell you so little but so much and you can finish them for yourself.
In Clarrie and You you will be frustrated by secrets kept instead of honesty shared, but it’s something you will have seen and maybe have been complicit in. In Kowalski you meet prejudice and racism in a most convincing and abhorrent way. And The Coroner’s Report… ’nuff said but you will not be unmoved. And the crowning glory has to be The End of the World which will have you saying “What??? Wake UP and SMELL the coffee!” while laughing at the premise and people’s ability to be stupid.
Another brilliant collection compiled by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones that will add a seriously new dimension to commuting or coffee time.
Publisher – Unthank Books
Genre – Adult short story anthology
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Oo, look, I’m in this:
Building on the success of their 2012 project Seven Minute Stories, The West Midlands Readers’ Network is once again commissioning regional writers to create short stories in collaboration with readers’ groups. In 2013, six writers will work with groups in locations around the West Midlands. The writers are: Gaynor Arnold, Garrie Fletcher, Ian MacLeod, AL Pietroni, Rochi Rampal and Amanda Smyth. Each writer has been given a few key narrative ingredients by their group and been asked to throw in some magic of their own in order to conjure up a memorable new story. Join us as these stories and their writers come together in a special anthology and showcase event.
All guests will receive a free limited edition copy of the anthology at the event.
Presented in partnership with the West Midlands Readers’ Network. Chaired by Roz Goddard, Co-ordinator of West Midlands Readers’ Network.
It’d be great to see you there, tickets are free and you could combine it with some Christmas shopping at the German Market in the city. Also, for those of you in fear of dehydration there is a bar!
You can book tickets here.
You can find out more about the West Midlands Reader’s Network here.