“Alex has a problem. Categorized as one of the disabled, dole-scrounging underclass, she is finding it hard to make ends meet. Now, in her part time placement at the local newspaper, she’s stumbled onto a troubling link between the disappearance of several homeless people, the new government Care and Protect Bill and the sinister extension of the Grassybanks residential home for the disabled, elderly and vulnerable. Can she afford the potential risk to herself and her wonderful guide dog Chris of further investigation?”
‘Laugh and weep! With wit, flair and imagination, Tanvir Bush unfolds the secret life of a nation on benefits. Our nation….’ Fay Weldon
Tanvir Bush’s short story “Rictus” about the meeting of modern medicine and faith healing in a rural clinic in Africa, featured in our own New Short Stories 10.
Sometime on or before the second-last Friday of every month, I have to select the short story of the month for the next month. The book that goes to the writer comes from boxes of new books left over after our online shop closed. I’m sure you can’t wait to hear what the stock levels are for each book, can you? (Stay, I’m afraid the doors are locked.)
New Short Stories 1: 6
New Short Stories 3: 2
New Short Stories 4: 0
New Short Stories 5: 3
New Short Stories 6: 2
New Short Stories 7: 3
New Short Stories 8: 3
New Short Stories 9: 2
New Short Stories 10: 2
Fish Drink Like Us: 3
Last Night’s Dream Corrected: 5
Southernmost Point Guesthouse: 5
We no longer supply fig rolls. Mrs Haverty please note.
P.S. I will update the numbers from time to time. Last updated 28/10/2018.
‘Tony Earley has written five books, including the story collection “Mr. Tall.” He is the Fleming Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.’
The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month
November 2018: That New Girl by Brian Kirk
‘Well, what’s she like then?’ I asked again.
She ignored me as she tipped soy sauce into a clean bowl. I turned and stood like a fool with my hands by my sides looking out the front window where I could see the tops of some trees across the street. Our apartment is on the third floor and, even though we’ve been here for over a year, I’m still not used to living above ground level.
Eventually Sara finished juicing a lime and mixing it into the sauce. She turned to me then.
Brian Kirk is a poet and short story writer from Dublin. He was shortlisted twice for Hennessy Awards for fiction. His first poetry collection “After The Fall” was published by Salmon Poetry in November 2017. Recent stories have appeared in The Lonely Crowd Issue 7 and online at Fictive Dream and Cold Coffee Stand. His story “Festival” was long-listed for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/8. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.
Past contributor to New Short Stories Nuala O’Connor is the presenter for this episode of The Book Show on the topic of historical fiction.
How can we resist? What’s that you say, “Quite easily?” Tautly written and explicit.
Link: Hoarfrost by John Patrick McHugh
In partnership with Commonwealth Writers, Granta publishes the regional winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Ingrid Persaud’s ‘The Sweet Sop’ is the winning entry from the Caribbean, and the overall winner of the 2017 prize.
After taking the Commonwealth Prize for “winning entry from the Caribbean” in 2017, Ingrid Persaud’s story The Sweet Sop has just been awarded the BBC National Short Story award 2018, a whopping £15,000 prize.
You can read the story by following the link to Granta from June 2017 and/or you can also follow links from the BBC’s NSSA 2018 winner announcement page to listen to a reading of “The Sweet Sop” as well as the other short-listed stories. You might question how the same story can win prizes in two competitions in successive years but never mind that, let’s just say congratulations to Ingrid and “More power to her elbow.”
Read: The Sweet Sop | Ingrid Persaud | Granta Magazine