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The Walker

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A unique collection of short stories by Derec Jones.

What’s the point of this trudge around town? Why is the richest man in the world a miserable git?

The stories in this collection are both challenging and accessible, simply told yet illuminating.

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Excerpt:

Me?  I’m just a walker, a walker and a watcher. I observe, I see things and I interpret them in my head. It used to be just a game, when I was younger, playing with people’s lives, my mind; but there’s a price to pay. Open yourself up; peel away the layers of self-justification and stare at the void. The price of being different, of being aware. So, I walk, and watch, and remember, storing away all the looks on your faces. I spend many a happy hour lying sleeplessly in my bed thinking of you, recalling those expressions.

Can you picture this?

A body walks down a street or in a shopping arcade – a market. It’s a man, could be a woman?  Or maybe women are different. Does it have to be a man?  This guy is walking. OK – you listening?  He has his hands in his pockets, his head bowed, bent towards his feet – walking – he passes a shop window; you stare out from behind the counter. He lifts his head from the floor and turns it towards you. You expect an intelligent stare – an inner knowing glow – at least a mad look, something to make you shiver with unknowing. No, what you see is a blank frightened look – the face of a loser – a shambolic dirty-coated greasy-haired, pimply-skinned loser. He puts his head down and moves on, shuffling forlornly, in character, on the damp concrete floor. You sigh with relief and turn back to your life your own hope renewed.

I’m still walking and watching.

secondary character

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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

Now available in paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secondary-Character-Other-Stories-Wssn/dp/1904958583/ and http://www.amazon.com/Secondary-Character-Other-Stories-Wssn/dp/1904958583/

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.

Launch Details

* 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

Swansea

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. 

Links to YouTube videos of Dead Surf Country
https://youtu.be/3LF4uxUX_t0
https://youtu.be/-Z78NeQBc2c

Mozarts
76b Walter Road
Swansea
SA1 4QA

Mozarts Facebook Page

more details soon . . .

Cardiff

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
Market Road
Cardiff

Chapter’s website

more details soon . . .

BOOK DETAILS

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

Kay Beechey
Susmita Bhattacharya
Justine Bold
Carole Burns
Luned DeSimon
Karl Drinkwater
Frances Hay
Nic Herriot
Carly Holmes
Nigel Jarrett
John Lavin
Malcolm Lewis
Barrie Llewelyn
Jo Mazelis
Shelagh Middlehurst
Elizabeth Morgan
Lynda Nash
Kate North
Bethany W Pope
Diana Powell
Whyt Pugh
Colum Sanson-Regan
Gareth Scourfield
Danny Shyla
Thomas Stewart
Christina Thatcher
Rhys Thomas
Susie Wild

Infinity

The stunning debut novel from Kiára Árgenta

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*** Now available – Amazon UK, Amazon US

“You will end up killing each other. It will be disastrous. Stop this relationship now with this volatile man and find someone who is normal and nice, Kiára. Find a stable rock of a man who is not a volcano. Listen to my advice, for God’s sake.”

I should follow this advice as the shrink knows what he is talking about. But damn the rock. I rip up the guidebook and the map and plunge into the forest of thorns for pleasure and pain. Obsessive love and hate know no limits and the spikes of their extremes propel me into eternity.

I want to flat-line but I can’t. Not now I have met István, the first king of Hungary.

I want to stop the bright colours and sharp edges that make us Kiára and István. I want to trade in the swirling dizzy vortex of Italian Futurist art for the softness of a Monet. Just for one day I want to live without this bipolar illness which has dragged me into the Heaven and Hell which is my Hungary.

Maybe you waited a thousand years for me as you said, István. Maybe it is all a myth. I only know there is no end for us, no rest and no escape.

There is only infinity.

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Secondary Character now on Kindle

secondary-cover-for webFollowing the packed launches in Swansea and Cardiff of the paperback last week, Secondary Character and Other Stories from the Welsh Short Story Network is now available as an ebook on the Kindle.

Featuring 28 wonderful stories from 28 great writers, many of them award-winners, this book brings together a unique collection of the best contemporary short stories from Wales. A delicious fusion of characters and themes told by a rainbow of voices.

Get it now for £1.99 from Amazon. UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015BXFSX4, or for $2.99 from Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015BXFSX4