Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stroud Short Stories Event Sunday 26 Oct at SVA

80 people crammed into the SVA to hear ten of Gloucestershire's most talented writers read their superb stories. Thank you and congratulations to these brilliant authors.

Here they are - in performance order -

Nimue Brown reads Imaginary Friends

Andrew Stevenson reads Barry Parry

Ali Bacon reads Preparing for Winter

Joe Eurell reads The Tigers' Ball

Jo Bousfield reads Public Transportation

Michael Amherst reads Erosion

Laurence Cotterell reads J

Philip Douch reads Trog and Kron Attempt to Re-fuel

Stephanie Smith reads The Handmaiden

Alice Jolly reads Signing Off

Photos by Tim Byford. Thank you, Tim.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stroud Short Stories event 26 October 2014 

Doors 7.30 for 8.00 start. SVA, John Street, Stroud. £5 on the door.

Running Order and Authors'  Websites

Imaginary Friends  Nimue Brown  (Stroud)

Barry Parry  Andrew Stevenson  (Nailsworth)

Preparing for Winter   Ali Bacon  (Emersons Green, South Gloucs.)

The Tigers’ Ball  Joe Eurell  (Cheltenham)

Public Transportation  Jo Bousfield  (Stroud)

Erosion   Michael Amherst  (Tewkesbury)

J   Laurence Cotterell  (Cam)

Trog and Kron Attempt to Re-fuel  Philip Douch   (Stroud)

The Handmaiden   Stephanie Smith  (Broadwell, Forest of Dean)

Signing off   Alice Jolly  (Stroud)

Friday, 24 October 2014



TIMING 1.16.51 to 1.30.27

Listen on iplayer to BBC Radio Gloucestershire interview with John Holland about Sunday's Stroud Short Stories event at SVA, John Street, Stroud. Doors 7.30 for 8.00 start. £5.

Hear Philip Douch read the beginning of 'Trog and Kron Attempt to Re-fuel' which will be one of ten stories to feature on Sunday.

Hear Friday's travel news too!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Stories Chosen for 26 October Event

SSS organiser John Holland writes –

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for the eighth Stroud Short Stories event to be held on 26 October.  In May this year we broke our record with 33 authors submitting. This time we have doubled that with 64 authors submitting 82 stories! Yes, I was surprised. But also absolutely delighted. And even more so when I read the stories. Such wonderful imaginative tales, beautifully expressed and full of surprises. I am sad that I had to put aside some truly great stories. Thank you again everyone who submitted. You have all in a very real way contributed to the success of Stroud Short Stories. And if you have not been successful this time please try again for the May 2015 event. At the very least we can assure you of serious consideration of your work.

It was the first time that I had read the stories with no knowledge of the author's identity, something I think worked very well, and which will continue for all future SSS events. Great thanks and appreciation to Christiane Nicholson for her efficient administration.

Huge congratulations to the authors chosen to read at our 26 October event. I believe we have ten memorable stories, and a most enthralling public event in store. It's both a pleasure and an honour to showcase such talented writers and their work.

Here they are in (librarians') alphabetical order by title -

Barry Parry - Andrew Stevenson (Nailsworth)

Erosion - Michael Amherst (Tewkesbury)

The Handmaiden - Stephanie Smith (Broadwell, Forest of Dean)

Imaginary friends - Nimue Brown (Stroud)

J - Laurence Cotterell (Cam)

Preparing for winter - Ali Bacon (Emersons Green, South Gloucs)

Public transportation - Jo Bousfield (Stroud)

Signing off - Alice Jolly (Stroud)

The Tigers’ ball - Joe Eurell (Cheltenham)

Trog and Kron attempt to re-fuel - Philip Douch (Stroud)

I am looking forward to meeting the authors and also to hearing them read their wonderful work.

Our eighth SSS event will be held on Sunday 26 October at SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace), John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA. Doors open at 7.30. Prompt start at 8.00. It’s £5.

Please come along.