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"I have an appointment to see a shrink..." A new short story by Andrea Mason.


How the Prime Minister's tea lady saved the Olympics - a tall tale from Susan Greenhill.


A new piece by Dave McGowan, "Chrissie Clarke lived a few doors up from me with his mum, sister, five brothers and several dogs. They were all totters and thieves, even the dogs."


An overheard fragment of the lives of characters that populate a night shelter.


"The old men running the apartheid regime finally threw up their hands and declared a state of emergency in 1985. By this time, my own emergency was already well underway..."


A short story from Verena Tay's collection Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light, published by Math Paper Press in Singapore in 2012.


Dave The Hat is looking forward to a night out in Soho with his friend Nobby... "He is a large man, with a large suit, head and face, and a Henry VIII-style beard. He doffs his battered bowler hat and turns round to reveal the word “NO” razor-cut into his hair.  He is wearing Crocs."


An excerpt from Birkbeck Alumnus Susana Medina's new short story collection Red Tales Cuentos Rojos from the biligual edition - written in English and Spanish.


An excerpt from Courttia Newland's latest book The Gospel According to Cane: One winter afternoon a baby is kidnapped from a parked car. Two decades later, the mother is followed and then approached by a young man who claims that he is her son...


To clear his debts Jimmy Vale, singer of one-hit wonders The Tyrants, is asked by his manager to fake his own death and join Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse in “The  27 Club” - the unfortunate collection of rock stars that all died at twenty seven...


Dave McGowan spends some time in Hastings...'the only place I know of that had a PoundStretcher shop actually close down.'


Adrian Barnes

An excerpt from Adrian Barnes 'NOD', published by Bluemoose Books, about a sleepless dystopia.


The other mums look at her strangely and whisper behind her back, but Lauren doesn't care - she has her beautiful baby, Belle, and her husband waiting for her at home... A new darkly comic short story by Sarah Cumming.


The Sacrifice is the story of a young woman navigating grief and burgeoning adulthood against the backdrop of growing social and racial tension. In 2012 it won the inaugural Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize.


A new short story: Football Manager Pete is a veteran of the game but his wife Janet has only recently rediscovered her artistic inclination - expressed in 'sculptures that looked like curly dog turds'...


A new short story by Jacquelyn Shreeves-Lee - a couple sit in their car on the edge of a cliff, poised on the brink of a life-changing moment.


The next piece in Dave McGowan's Putting it Away' series. A traumatic childhood incident leads to a lifelong fear of ducks...


An excerpt from a new novel, Sketcher by Roland Watson-Grant, to be published by Alma Books in May 2013.


A couple spend a weekend away at a cottage in the Yorkshire Moors and the balance of power in their relationship shifts...


A new short story by Ian McNab. "...Felix had worked tirelessly to make his particular brand of offbeat spirituality the most appealing."


The first story in a new series of pieces, 'Putting it Away', by Dave McGowan.


A new short story by Lucy Hume.


'I had arrived in New York a month ago and was heading to Mexico. I wanted to see as much of the States as possible. What did that make me? A tourist? A traveller? A bum or a hobo. I didn't care.' A new short story by Deirdre Shanahan.


"It was June 1986. Wham! were at no. 1 with ‘Edge of Heaven’. They’d just split up. Some of the girls at school had gone to pieces and cried for days. Maria Taylor’s mother had to come and collect her from school early because she went all hysterical in French when she saw Meg Browne’s Andrew Ridgeley pencil case."...


A new short story by Armenian writer Lusine Vayachyan.


A new short story by Armenian writer Hovhannes Tekgyozyan.


A new short story by Armenian writer Aram Pachyan.


Toby Litt explains why he loves Armenia and introduces some new short stories by Armenian writers.


'The Ewoks lay on the table in columns, most of them naked. One of them wore a snood...' A new short story by Zoe Ranson.


The Prelude to Ghazal Mosadeq's novel - a detective story set in a psychiatric ward in Tehran, translated from the original Persian by Lida Nosrati.


An excerpt from Niven Govinden's new book Black Bread White Beer, longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature.


An excerpt from Hannah Parry's debut novel Isabella Rockwell's War. Raised in 1820’s India, 12-year-old Isabella Rockwell can ride and shoot as well as any of the soldiers in her father’s regiment. These skills, however, are of no use to her when she finds herself on the frozen streets of London, orphaned and alone.


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