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Chalk Circle Publish New Anthology

We are excited to announce the publication of Shadows on the Path, Chalk Circle's second illustrated anthology of short stories, launched on 16th October 2021 in Ditchling and online.

Shadows on the Path STRATA 2 is a compelling collection of over 20 stories from the eight Sussex based authors who make up Chalk Circle - in part a response to the inspiring artwork of our illustrator, John Vernon Lord (V&A Illustrator of the Year 2018).

From sinister tales to comic anecdotes, brave new beginnings to tragic ends, here are stories of transformation and discovery waiting to be explored. Culprits, victims, enemies, friends – join a miscellany of curious characters as each treads their own path through the shadowy woods.

To whet your appetite here's a free sneak preview featuring extracts from some of the stories. And here's what our reviewers have to say.

Chalk Circle Writers go from strength to strength with their second volume – a collection of very different stories all built from the smallest of details to shock and surprise – a tremendous achievement. Jon Walter

A collection of engaging well-crafted stories that resonate long after being read, including a poignant exploration of friendship from competition winner, Tom Watling. Vanessa Gebbie

An exciting collection, full of gripping stories, beautiful writing and unforgettable characters. These authors are ones to watch! Anna Burtt, Brighton Book Club

We are also thrilled to feature in this anthology, the first-prize winning story in our inaugural 2020 Chalk Circle Short Story Competition: ‘Always Something to Do on a Saturday’, a fantastic story by accomplished young London writer, Tom Watling.

Shadows on the Path will be available to buy at £6.99 plus P&P from our online shop

and from selected Sussex book shops. Signed copies will be available at a private launch party on 16th October (sadly restricted to invitees only due to Covid-19 precautions) but if you are unable to attend the launch and would like to request an advanced signed copy, please contact us.

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