Chekhov Shorts: The Witch

Title: The Witch Date Read: 03 January 2017 Word Count: 4678 Briefly: A storm rages around the estate church, and sexton Savély Gykin is convinced that his wife is to blame, in an attempt to lure men to their hut. Afterthoughts: An interesting … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Art

Title: Art Date Read: 03 January 2017 Word Count: 2230 Briefly: Preparations for Epiphany celebrations are under way, and as usual the peasant Seryozhka is his short-tempered and angry self. Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this quick peak … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

'Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?' - I'm a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it's nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article … [Read more...]

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 longlist announced

This year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as 'the most wide-ranging yet'. Now its fifth edition, the world's richest prize for a single short story … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘The House on St. John’s Avenue’ by Paul McMichael

Title: 'The House on St. John's Avenue' by Paul McMichael Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.) Date Read: 05 January 2014 Briefly: Eric and Jack head to Robert and Felipe's remodelled home for a … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 6th January 2014

So yeah, my journal entry for Monday 6th January. Emmm...bit of a problem there as it happens. I'm sure you know how it is when you spend so much time reading that you leave no time for writing, or you spend so much time writing that you leave no … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6

Every year I look forward to the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology, and there’s a good reason for this - it never seems to disappoint. I realise that I’m perhaps being a little premature in saying such a thing, but I have real confidence in the … [Read more...]

Costa Short Story Award 2013: And my vote goes to…

Well, I've had a blast reading through this year’s Costa Short Story Award shortlist. The journey has taken me among other places, from a logger’s camp in British Columbia to a sheep farm in Australia, via a basement workshop in Ireland and an … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘ The Papakh Hat’

Story Title: The Papakh Hat Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: The 1979 Revolution has begun, and two partners in the city of Tabriz - one a poet, the … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Old Man and the Suit’

Story Title: The Old Man and the Suit Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Working in a basement workshop, an old tailor imparts wisdom and passion upon … [Read more...]