Story Title: ‘Katie’s Sandpit’ by Naomi Lever.
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Briefly: Katie has an affinity with sand, or more particularly the sand in her playground sandpit. This sand not only reminds her of the stories that her father told her about the desert, but of something altogether more heartbreaking.
Afterthoughts: English teacher Naomi Lever started writing stories at a young age, and it’s clear from reading this story that those years served her well, because despite still being youthful her storytelling shows much maturity. Katie’s Sandpit is a remarkably touching story, and it’s told with patience, sympathy and with a real richness of prose. If you doubt the potency of the short story then this is one that you should really read.
This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Review of Books Anthology 4. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.