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Inside STRATA - Shadows on the Path
Our second illustrated anthology of short stories will be launched in Ditchling on 16th October 2021. It features twenty-nine short stories from 10 different authors and the stunning illustrations of John Vernon Lord. The anthology will be available from selected Sussex book shops at £6.99 and from our online shop. Subscribe to our newsletter for up to date information.
Here's a sneak preview of what's on offer!
A Comfortable Silence
The years they had enjoyed together had given rise to many things but not babies. After a while they stopped even talking about it.
They were all lip gloss, linked arms and gossip, those two, marking their territory with slouched suede bags and tall boyfriends, confident as flags.
The Death of a Just Man
At breakfast, Maggie fussed around the table, scooping out the papaya seeds, placing a cup of tea near Leela, serving the sambal, all the time tilting her head this way and that, like a mynah bird.
The Dean's Tale
The Dean closed the door and followed his visitor down the hall into the sitting room ... all was peace and blessed quiet – except for the Verger. The Verger was doing storm und drang.
His face was fair and his smile beguiling but his insistence snagged her soul, like a dropped stitch in a knitted garment.
The Natural Order
And nature was brutal. Jack understood that. Loss of life part of the natural order: spiders catching flies, foxes eating eggs, the casual waste of a kamikaze bee-sting.
The Tamarind Tree
Only now can I tell my
story to the air gods as I twist around the cloud laden skies, juggling my thoughts. Only now might they hear me and listen.
Last of the Great White Hunters
She knew about business and love and dealing with enemies, and had a black and white headdress with beads that rattled like rain on a tin roof.
The news seemed so unfamiliar now, global and glaring in its instant, insistent clamor and crisis, full of language and lifestyles he didn’t quite understand.
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