Thursday, 3 November 2022

New Anthology Vol Three 2018-22 + Videos of our seven Greatest Hits stories at Cheltenham Literature Festival


With Sanity Clause on his way, please note that you can buy the new anthology in local shops or order it online for postal delivery from the same outlets. They are Made-in-Stroud in Kendrick Street, Stroud and the Yellow-lighted Bookshop in Nailsworth. 

It contains 69 stories by 48 Gloucestershire authors in 316 pages and sells for £12. 

More information about the anthology is here.

On 10 October we celebrated our ten year anniversary and our new anthology with a special Stroud Short Stories event at Cheltenham Literature Festival by presenting my seven favourite stories from the 69 in the new anthology Stroud Short Stories Volume Three 2018-2022.

If you pop over to the SSS YouTube page you can see the videos of all seven stories being read by their authors - Geoff Mead, Sally Jenkinson, Robin Booth, Emma Kernahan, Steve Wheeler, Jason Jackson and Sarah Hitchcock.

Simply unmissable. Please watch here.

John 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Time Event 30 October 2022

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Time-themed event on Sunday 30 October at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse. 

The event was a sell-out with a fabulous audience showing their full appreciation of the ten wonderful stories read by their authors. 

This was our 25th event and the opening event of the 2022 Stroud Book Festival.

Here are the authors in the order in which they read. 

Huge thanks for the images to Angela Fitch.


Robin Booth who read Shelf Life


Hannah Glickstein who read And is it too late now to learn Hebrew?




Nimue Brown who read Swallowed by Time




Mhairi Gray who read Silk Bomb




Archie Woolls who read The Basement




Nick Adams who read No-time




Val Ockwell who read The Arrangement




Philip Douch who read That Question




Simon Piney who read Birthday Present




Sarah Hancock who read The Globe



Tuesday, 7 June 2022

It's a busy time at Stroud Short Stories this autumn...see below

1. Our TIME-themed event is on Sunday 30 October - THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT
2. Images from SSS Greatest Hits at Cheltenham Literature Festival
3. New Anthology Vol 3 2018-22 now available
Read on...

1. Our Sunday 30 October event is on the theme of Time

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT


TICKETS, priced at £10, are no longer available from the Cotswold Playhouse website for 
our 25th event on Sunday 30 October 2022 at the fabulous Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, GL5 1LW. Starts at 7.30; Doors 7.00. There will be an interval and a bar.

It's the first event in this year's Stroud Book Festival.

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for our Time-themed event. We received 84 stories from 66 Glos and South Glos writers.

Ten stories have been selected by my co-judge Chloe Turner (to whom enormous thanks) and me through our 'blind' judging process and will be read by their authors. 

Here are the ten writers who will read their work -

Nick Adams - No-Time

Robin Booth - Shelf Life

Nimue Brown - Swallowed by Time

Philip Douch - That Question

Hannah Glickstein - And is it too late now to learn Hebrew?

Mhairi Gray - Silk Bomb

Sarah Hitchcock - The Globe

Val Ockwell - The Arrangement

Simon Piney - Birthday Present

Archie Woolls - The Basement

For the Time event we welcome two newcomers, Val Ockwell and Archie Woolls, who will be the 126th and 127th writers to read at an SSS event since its inception in 2011. Well done and huge congrats, Val and Archie.

For our 25th event, it's also great to welcome back the other eight, all of whom have read at SSS before.

This event will not be recorded. I hope you can come along and support all these brilliant writers.

We will be selling copies of our new anthology at this event.


2. Images from Stroud Short Stories Greatest Hits at Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday 10 October

It was a great honour for SSS to be at Cheltenham Literature Festival. The event featured my favourite seven stories from the 69 stories in the new anthology read by their authors. 

These images of the authors are in the order in which they read. Huge thanks to Pamela Harridine for the images.

Geoff Mead who read Raku

















Sally Jenkinson who read Sharp Stars and Old Magic 



































Robin Booth who read Two Towns































Emma Kernahan who read A Brief History of Lady Charlotte, Duchess of Beaumont






























Steve Wheeler who read Puffballs





























Jason Jackson who read Fat Man in Neon






















 
 





Sarah Hitchcock who read The Day I took my Zombie to Alton Towers






























3. We've launched our new anthology Stroud Short Stories Volume Three 2018-2022 

The brand new anthology covers the seven SSS events from Nov 2018 to May 2022, that's 69 stories by 48 Gloucestershire writers. At a whopping 316 pages, it retails at £12.

The anthology is available locally from Made-in-Stroud in Kendrick, Street, Stroud and from the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop in Nailsworth as well as from Amazon.

More information is here.

John

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Images from our 8 May event 2022 'The Orange Tree & Other Stories'


Many thanks to everyone who came along to the Cotswold Playhouse on Sunday to enjoy ten Gloucestershire writers reading/performing their stories. The event, called 'The Orange Tree & Other Stories' attracted 115 people.

The audience response was absolutely terrific and many have said that this was one of the best ever SSS events. I agree. We are lucky to be blessed with so many superb writers in our county.

Here are the authors in the order in which they read. 

Images by Angela Fitch and Geoff Moore, to whom thanks are certainly due.

John



Steve Wheeler who read 'The Orange Tree'















Gillian Metheringham who read 'Release'



















Anthony Hentschel who read 'An Ill Wind'


Laura Kinnear who read 'Little Chestnut Hare'

























Sean W. Quigley who read 'The Benny Hill Gang'

























Sophie Flynn who read 'Still Hoping'

























David Goodland who read 'The Purple Rinse'

























Chloe Turner who read 'I won't tell you about all the days that I spend looking for her'



Jason Jackson who read 'He Loves to Stand on Clifftops'







Andrew Stevenson who read 'Relatively Dead'






Sunday, 27 March 2022

Sunday 8 May Event - Tickets now on Sale - The Ten Authors and Their Stories  


Many thanks to everyone who submitted their stories. 73 Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers submitted a bumper 99 stories.

The event, now called The Orange Tree And Other Stories, takes place at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL1 5LW on Sunday 8 May. Doors 7.00; Starts 7.30. There will be a bar.

The ten authors listed below will be reading their stories. Huge congratulations to them. This is going to be a superb event and not one you should miss.

Tickets

Tickets, priced at £9, are now on sale from the Cotswold Playhouse website. (Or you can order by phone 0333 666 3366 but it costs an extra £2).

This event will not be recorded.

When booking, you are able to select exactly where you want to sit. The 150-seater auditorium is raked so all seats have a good view. 

The Playhouse now has a fresh air heating and ventilation system for your safely.

The Authors and their Stories

Please note, this is not the running order.

Sophie Flynn (Moreton-in-Marsh) - Still Hoping

David Goodland (Nailsworth) - The Purple Rinse

Anthony Hentschel (Nailsworth) - An Ill Wind

Jason Jackson (Kingswood, S.Gloucs) - He Loves to Stand on Clifftops

Laura Kinnear (Stroud) - Little Chestnut Hare

Gillian Metheringham (Stroud) - Release

Sean W. Quigley (Gloucester) - The Benny Hill Gang

Andrew Stevenson (Nailsworth) - Relatively Dead

Chloe Turner (Minchinhampton) - I won't tell you about all the days I spend looking for her

Steve Wheeler (Tewkesbury) - The Orange Tree


John