Short

Here’s a selection of short stories. I’ll change them around from time to time so you can see what’s new.

Usually, new stories find themselves entered into competitions (meaning they can’t be published anywhere else, even on a humble blog like this one). This means that there’s a bit of a time lag between stories being written and them appearing on here.

Here’s a story called The King’s Bed, in which a homeless man decides to sleep in a furniture store overnight.

And this is The Swimmer, which featured in the Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist and anthology.

Then we have The Music Box, which is a few years old now but which I still hold dear. In this story, an old woman receives an unexpected parcel from her dead sister….. Read it here: The Music Box.

Finally a long story called Homecoming. For my day job, I run environmental projects – research, community engagement, training – and I wanted to write something around an environmental theme. So much of the thinking around climate change is catastrophic (“the end of the world is nigh”) that I ended up in slight absurdist mode, imagining the very personal scenes that would emerge in a time of global and local change. Have a read here: Homecoming.

If you’d like to read more – or to give feedback (always welcome) – get in touch via lizzieboylesays@yahoo.com.

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