Thursday, 10 October 2019

The Ten Authors and Stories for our 10 November Event + Ticket Information + Podcasts


Tickets, priced at just £8, are now available from the Cotswold Playhouse website

The event is on Sunday 10 November at 7.30 (doors and bar 7.00) at the comfortable and spacious Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW. Please note the earlier start time.

We sold out the 150-seat Playhouse well in advance for our first event there in May this year - and, of course, the previous 12 events at the SVA were also sold out, so best not to tarry in buying your tickets.


The Cotswold Playhouse is a five minute uphill walk from the Parliament Street car park opposite the police station (car park post code GL5 2HL). Or you may be able to find street parking near the theatre.


Seats are allocated so you can choose where you sit when you book.


This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.


The Ten Authors and Their Stories

I am delighted to announce the authors and titles of the stories for our 19th event at the Cotswold Playhouse on Sunday 10 November. 

84 Gloucestershire/South Gloucestershire writers submitted 115 stories. We have shared with those authors our Long List of 33 stories and then our 16-strong Short List. 

These are the ten stories which my co-judge Chloe Turner and I have selected for this event (in librarians' alphabetical order) -

The Art of Job Security - Sallie Anderson (Cheltenham)
A Box of Skin - Peter Adams (Edge, nr Stroud)
Choose Love - Georgia Boon (Stroud)
The Day I Took my Zombie to Alton Towers - Sarah Hitchcock (Rodborough, Stroud)
Household Management - Nimue Brown (Stroud)
Mazurka - Rick Vick (Stroud)
Saving Grace - Sophie Flynn (Moreton-in-Marsh)
Science, Steve and the Real World - Philip Douch (Stroud)
Snowbird - Ali Bacon (Emerson's Green, South Gloucs)
The Truth and Several Lies about Butterflies - Kate Keogan (Gloucester)

Huge congratulations to these authors.

The event will be called 'Mazurka and Other Stories'.

As is usually the way with our events, we have newcomers to SSS. I am delighted to welcome Sallie, Georgia and Kate, all of whom are new to us. They will be the 109th, 110th and 111th authors to read at an SSS event.

I'm just as pleased to welcome back everyone else, notably SSS 'veterans' Nimue, Peter, Philip and Rick, all of whom, in my opinion, have been away too long.

Commiserations and my gratitude to everyone who submitted but didn't quite make it this time. Remember that judging events like ours and competitions is subjective. Your efforts will be rewarded if you keep writing.

Story Podcasts
We now have two stories from our new series of podcasts available to you. Following Jason Jackson's 'Fat Man in Neon', is Alex Clark reading a newly recorded version of her story 'The Thief' originally read in the October 2016 SSS event.

Listen where you normally hear podcasts or check out our link here.

John