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PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research.
PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys.
PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.
Food can bring together families, communities, and cultures. It is the essence of life and yet our relationships with one another can be most fraught at the dinner table. This perpetually fascinating subject has inspired a unique collection of fiction—including flash fiction, essay, short stories, and even a "stoku" (amalgam of short story and haiku)—from a wonderfully diverse and international group of authors.
The authors in the anthology include Elaine Chiew, Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni, Rachel J. Fenton, Diana Ferraro, Vanessa Gebbie, Pippa Goldschmidt, Sue Guiney, Patrick J. Holland, Roy Kesey, Charles Lambert, Krys Lee, Stefani Nellen, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Ben Okri, Angie Pelekidis, Susannah Rickards, and Nikesh Shukla.
Elaine Chiew is a London-based writer who has won several prizes for her short stories and flash fiction. She was included in One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. Many of her stories revolve around food.
Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist, and teacher of writing. She has been published in many magazines and her writing has been included in over fifty anthologies.
Ben Okri has published eight novels, including The Famished Road and Starbook, as well as collections of poetry, short stories, and essays. He has won numerous international prizes.
Pippa Goldschmidt writes long and short fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Her PhD in astronomy inspired her first novel The Falling Sky, about a female astronomer who discovers the Universe and loses her mind.
In this anthology, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks.
The anthology also includes work by Emilio Martinez (Bolivia); Gleyvis Coro (Cuba); Guido Eekhaut (Belgium); Kuzhali Manickavel (India); Vanessa Gebbie, Paul Blaney, Lee Williams (United Kingdom); Jiří Kratochvil, Ewald Murrer, Alexandra Berková, Tomáš Přidal, Vít Erban, Jiří Valoch (Czech Republic); B E Turner (New Zealand); Kevin Sexton (Canada); Girija Tropp, Terry Dartnall (Australia); Norman Lock, Richard Kostelanetz, David Ray, Brian Biswas, Peter Cherches, José Chaves, Peter Grandbois, Stephanie Hammer, Greg Jenkins, Mauricio Rosales, D.E. Lucas, Garrett Rowlan, Dean Swinford, Bob Thurber, Harry White, D. Harlan Wilson, Utahna Faith, and J.B. Mulligan (United States).
This passionate new book gathers together for the first time many of Vanessa Gebbie’s award-winning stories. Described by Maggie Gee as ‘a prodigiously gifted new writer’, this is a natural storyteller; her narratives unfold with a deceptively light touch, exploring with compassion what it is to be human and flawed. ‘Words From a Glass Bubble’ is about coming to terms with the cards we are dealt. The stories pivot around the recognition that those who seem powerless can prove to be the strongest catalysts for change, both in themselves and in others. Vanessa Gebbie never shies away from difficult subjects, creating an intensely emotional and at times distressing world, but it is never totally dark or despairing. Sparks of the unexpected and flashes of humour light the whole collection with an indefatigable optimism.
This is a writer with a boundless imagination, who breathes life into the most unlikely characters and events. Batty Annie fishes for her son’s soul in a disused railway tunnel. Tom’s grandmother flies on a circus trapeze. Spike relates to cacti better than people. Eva Duffy befriends a statuette of the Virgin Mary. Pepito pretends he is a priest and suffers the consequences. Shelly has a colonic irrigation to rid herself of the past. Billy hears stones when he shakes his head. Dodie from The General Stores falls for a man who teaches her ‘to think’, and Mikey mourns his wife through graffiti.
From Ireland to Czechoslovakia to Wales to Alaska to Ibiza, from contemporary New York to a clinic in the future, this collection will take you on a journey. And Harry? He just goes fishing.
Storm Warning is the latest collection from award-winning writer Vanessa Gebbie, described as ‘prodigiously gifted’ by novelist Maggie Gee. It explores the echoes of human conflict in a series of powerful stories inspired by life with the author’s own father, who fought and was decorated in WWII, but suffered the after-effects for the rest of his life.
Conflict is often explored from the child’s perspective and ranges from conventional warfare to historical religious persecution. War veterans are haunted by events that echo louder and louder, and eventually break them. A prisoner sees the violent execution of a friend and mentor, a boy hides from a necklacing, a young student escapes the fighting in Iraq in the hope of continuing his education in the West and a woman tells what she knows of her parents’ torture.
The people in these stories are not those who go down in history, but ordinary troops, the powerless, caught up involuntarily. All are tested, sometimes to breaking point, in this extraordinary collection as Gebbie explores the surreality of conflict and the after-effects of atrocity.
The featured writers include: Elizabeth Baines, Bill Broady, David Constantine, Carys Davies, Sarah Dobbs, Vanessa Gebbie, Tania Hershman, Zoë King, Rowena Macdonald, Alison Moore, David Rose and Felicity Skelton. There’s also a poem by Simon Armitage.
‘Ranging from haunting to humorous, from formally inventive to jubilantly fantastical and from 19th to 21st centuries, there is a story here for every taste and for every Bronte lover.’ JANE ROGERS, author of HITTING TREES WITH STICKS (Comma Press, 2012).
RED ROOM is partly a charitable event, for a very good cause, and part of the profits will be donated to The Brontë Birthplace Trust to help with their plans for Thornton, Bradford - the village where all three sisters were born.
Art From Art features stories inspired by paintings, sketches, sculpture, music, fiction, film, photographs, graffiti.
Brought to you by Modernist Press.
Featuring NEW stories from: Steve Himmer, Michael Mendolia, V Gebbie, Richard Zimler, Martin Rose, Grace Talusan, Robert McGowan, Fred Skolnik, Benjamin Robinson, Lisa Annelouise Rentz, Marshall Moore, Richard K. Weems, Fred McGavran, John Morgan Wilson, Keyan Bowes, Reni Kieffer, Andrew Hook, Alex MacLennan, Lauren Alwan, Felice Picano, Billy O'Callaghan, David Gullen, Ron Savage, Kevin W. Reardon, Anne Whitehouse, Steve Resnic Tem, Tracy Debrincat, Pedro Ponce, David C Pinnt, Terri Griffith, Jameson Currier, Elizabeth Graver, Stephen Soucy, Sean Padraic McCarthy, Deb Taber, Robert Guffey, Sylvia Martinez Banks, Lois Barr.