from the Welsh Short Story Network (WSSN)
Cover design and photo by Jo Mazelis
After the Cardiff readings of the WSSN last Summer we got together with Barrie Llewelyn and put a call out for short stories from the writers of Wales.
We were delighted with the response and with the quality of the stories submitted, many from established writers and some from those dipping their toes into publication for the first time. We’d love to have published every story but after a long and careful selection process the editor chose 28 stories for this collection.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015
Also the ebook for the Kindle: Details here
UPDATE: August 2015
We are delighted to announce that the first book of short stories from the Welsh Short Story Network – ‘Secondary Character and other Stories’ edited by Barrie Llewelyn will be launched in Swansea and Cardiff next month.
Published by Opening Chapter with a beautiful and evocative cover design by Jo Mazelis the book features twenty-eight stories from twenty-eight writers and is a snapshot of the amazing range of short-story writing talent active in Wales today.
* FREE ADMISSION *
Each launch will consist of two 45 minute sessions separated by a break.
There will be readings from the stories and opportunities to chat and network
Mozarts Bar and Venue
Wednesday September 9th 2015 at 7.30pm
followed by a special performance by acoustic trio Anni Wall
* Anni Wall are the renamed fabulous Dead Surf Country with Nico as lead singer and the addition of Anna on harp and accordion.
76b Walter Road
more details soon . . .
First Space at the Chapter Arts Centre
Saturday September 12th 7.00pm
NOTE: This event will begin promptly at 7pm, there will be opportunities during the break and after the readings to network in Chapter’s spacious café-bar.
Chapter Arts Centre
more details soon . . .
The twenty-eight stories collected here offer a wealth of both connection and contrast in plot, theme and style. By its nature the short story is capable of leaping into the reader’s imagination to vivid and startling effect, as demonstrated here; from the supernatural in ‘A Ghost May Come’ to the psychologically charged in ‘Marco’s Eyes’ to the poignant ‘Theft’ each story in this diverse anthology plays with both the everyday and those profound and life changing emotions of loss, jealousy and regret.
Among the compelling characters to be found in these stories is a young woman in the boot of a car, a man embarrassed by an inexplicable wound, a WWI infantryman about to meet his fate and a girl fascinated by bells… all proving that it’s very hard to make rules about what constitutes a short story.
LIST OF AUTHORS
Bethany W Pope