Here are the stories for our 9 May 2021 10th Birthday Event 'Sharp Stars and Old Magic & Other Stories'
Watch/listen on YouTube via the links below
Grab a cuppa or maybe something stronger, sit back and listen to these ten great stories. All human (and some non-human) life is here. I have put the stories in an order which I thinks works well but, of course, you can pick and choose. Just click on each link.
Huge thanks to my co-judge Chloe Turner, to SSS administrator Christiane Holland, to Dr Steve Goodwin of the Cotswold Playhouse for the videos and, of course, to everyone who submitted a story.
Stroud Short Stories 20th Event 'DISRUPTION' held on 8 Nov 2020
YouTube links here
Grab a cup of tea or something stronger and click on the links to see the authors read their stories. I have placed the stories in an order which I think works well, but you can, of course, pick and choose as you wish.
This event is dedicated to the late Rick Vick - author, creative writing tutor, events organiser and SSS alumnus.
Many thanks to Dr Steve Goodwin of the Cotswold Playhouse/Amberley Music Makers for the videos; to Ali Bacon, my co-judge on this occasion; and to Stroud Book Festival for their support.
👉 Feel the tension when three siblings come together at their mother's hospital bed - Claire Harrison reads Peace Lily
👉 An elegy for lost love and an exploration of what can happen when you live alone - Geoff Mead reads White Christmas
👉 Isolated during a pandemic, Frank begins to suspect a connection between the virus and the climate change protesters camped outside his home - Stephen Connolly reads The Corvidae Diary
I've also provided this index so, if you wish, you can choose your author and see the dates they performed and were recorded -
See also the SSS story PODCASTS here.
|Video: Ali Bacon reading Snowbird|
|Video: Peter Adams reading The Box of Skin|
|Video: Georgia Boon reading Choose Love|
|Video: Nimue Brown reading Household Management|
|Video: Philip Douch reading Science, Steve and the Real World|
|Video: Sallie Anderson reading The Art of Job Security|
Videos of nine of the ten authors who read at the May 2018 event On Pulling Newts from Ponds & Other Stories
|Video: Nastasya Parker reads From Newcastle With Love|
|Video: Steve Wheeler reads Fashion in Men's Footwear - Late 20th Century|
|Video: Val Ormrod reads The IFairy|
|Video: Jason Jackson reads Here are the New Men|
|Video: Joanna Campbell reads The Journey to Everywhere|
|Video: Sarah Chapman reads On Pulling Newts from Ponds|
|Video: Rick Vick reads Surprise|
|Video: Nick Browne reads The Stardust Girl|
|Video: Judith Gunn reads #peace|
All You Need Is Love. Or Is It? Sunday 5 November 2017 - Listen to Recordings of the Stories
Click on the links under the images to listen to the stories being read by their authors and introduced by SSS organiser, John Holland -
|Kim Lakin-Smith reads 'The Wassailers' Wedding'|
|Tais Brias Avila reads 'Ashes and Knee Pins'|
|Mel Golding reads 'When the Night Comes'|
|Mary Flood reads 'Baby Love'|
|Simon Piney reads 'Goodnight Irene'|
|Emma Kernahan reads 'Still For Sale'|
A Ship Called Crazy & Other Stories Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA in Stroud - the Stories on Video.
|Pam Keevil reads 'Platform 2'|
|Jan Petrie reads 'Keeping Time'|
|Jason Jackson reads '#truebeauty'|
|Michael Hurst reads 'Stolen Orange'|
|Joanna Campbell reads 'Paper Sails'|
|David Jay reads 'Dream Noir'|
|Philip Douch reads 'Journeys'|
|Sian Breeze reads 'Spring Clean'|
|Claire Morris reads 'Bodgers'|
The Apocalypse Alphabet & Other Stories Sunday 20 November 2016 at the SVA in Stroud - the Stories on Video
Alex Clark reads The Thief
Steve Wheeler reads Sculpted Bones
(Videos by David Penny. Snaps by Tim Byford. Thank you both.)
SSS at Cheltenham LitFest 10 October 2016
Watch our sell-out special fifth birthday event in the Little Big Top at the October 2016 Cheltenham Literature Festival. In fact you can choose which story or stories to enjoy.
The sound quality is much better than for the Eerie Evening event in 2015. Many thanks indeed to historical novelist David Penny who videoed the evening.
Here are our seven authors in the order in which they read on the evening. Just click on the links below.
SSS organiser John Holland introduces the evening
Debbie Young reads The Alchemy of Chocolate
Philip Douch reads Trog and Kron Almost Get It Right
Ali Bacon reads Silver Harvest
Andrew Stevenson reads A Good Old-fashioned Copper
Rick Vick reads Seeing
Mel Golding reads A Small Change
Bill Jones reads The Vampires in the Basement