You can buy the full length print version in Latchkey Tales Clockwise – Midnight Blues
I’m delighted that I have TWO stories in the forthcoming Refugees Welcome anthology.
These are We Apologise for the Delay… a story of what it means to be a stranger and how communities form in times of need, told through the prism of the London Underground as the site for ‘first contact’ with aliens; and Queues a story about waiting at a border crossing and recognising someone from home. Both stories have at their heart the human instinct to kindness in a crisis, something I have been hearing from friends all over the country – offering their money and help and even their homes to those in need. All we need now is for the government to actually accept a sensible number of refugees: at the moment what we are offering over a number of years,equates too readily to the numbers arriving in a single day at the European boundaries. We need to offer proper help, not pretend we are doing anything when we clearly aren’t. A couple of stories isn’t much, but it is something I can do, so I’ve done it; all the writers are donating their stories, no one will make anything from the anthology. RWA is a charity book that combines inspirational stories. It is the 3rd project run by Greg McQueen and 100% of sales go to Red Cross for Refugees.
UPDATE publication date 19th November so you can help by buying a copy (or more than one!). The perfect Christmas/Solstice/Diwali present etc.
It’s taken me a while to get round to posting this, as there’s been other things on my mind.
Here I am reading at Richmond Library in February, complete with interventions from planes on flight path to Heathrow!:
Arachne’s Daughters (with Alix Adams) from Mosaic of Air
A Place of Departures from Stations
Neutral Ground from 52 :Loves
Brad Powers and Saffron Chan reading Portrait… (rather well!) at Liars’ League Hong Kong for True & False.
More stories up on Cut a Long Story…
Starkridge: Don’t Mess with Mountains…
Prairie Rain: a flash fiction set on a porch near the town of Normal, Illinois
Déjà Vû: A radical retelling – Sleeping Beauty and Snow White seen through the prism of The Stepford Wives
Eye of the Beholder: Bill keeps seeing the same woman – at least, he thinks it’s the same woman… a ghost story set in Brockley.
Judges: What really happened to Jael and Sisera – not quite how it’s told in The Song of Deborah.
Some of the stories that were originally published in Tales Told Before Cockcrow are up on Cut a Long Story. Pleasingly quick. Buy them now!! (thank you).
All Hallows: Keith’s obsessions get him into trouble
The Red Dress: A daughter’s loyalty is put to the test.
Tales Told Before Cockcrow: Sybil tries to get Amelia to sleep – a very long sleep.
The She-Lord and her Tailor: A Tailor meets a very large cat and tries to sell her clothes. That was always going to end well…
and (not in Tales…) We Apologise for the Delay (complete with spelling mistake in the title – my fault – dizzy fingers.) Ade discovers a nest of strange creatures whilst cleaning an underground station
More to follow.
Reach them through my page on the Cut a Long Story site.
Hear me read from one of these, and several others 7pm tomorrow, Thursday 26th February, at Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, TW9 1QL £2 which includes refreshments (booking in advance not essential but POSSIBLE here)
I still need a good image for several stories… offers of assistance anyone?
NAWE’s new website ‘Cut a Long Story‘ is finally live, and you can or will soon be able to find several of my stories on there to buy as single story ebooks. The fastest way to find my stuff is via my profile page. I’ve only got one story up at the moment, but I have loaded some others from Tales told before Cockcrow, which would otherwise be out of print, and should be live within a fortnight.
What is slowing me up is the need for a really good image to go with the story – that I have permission to use. I’ve used my own photographs (some manipulated) for the one’s I’ve loaded but I’m a bit stuck. Any arty folk out there want to help out? All that’s on offer is gratitude and a credit! I need an illustration for The Knight Who Didn’t, and Tante Rouge in particular, and possible Glory, or Hope You can find extracts from these here. Get in touch if you are interested in coming up with a ‘cover’ image for any of them!