Se­lected by Chris Gal­lagher and Pete Hay

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS -

I’VE always thought the best travel writ­ing should com­pletely en­gulf the senses, trans­port­ing the reader to new lands through new ex­pe­ri­ences.

Imag­ine my de­light, then, when I read the 11 sto­ries in the Short Story An­thol­ogy, each like a mini­break pro­vid­ing an ex­quis­ite lit­tle vi­gnette into is­land life.

Se­lected from a larger pool of en­trants by poet Pete Hay and the Tas­ma­nian Writ­ers Cen­tre’s Chris Gal­lagher, the 11 sto­ries that made the cut are linked the­mat­i­cally and by their forms.

Th­ese fic­tions are in­deed short sto­ries, demon­strat­ing the im­por­tance of the sin­gle mo­ment and of con­ci­sion in writ­ing.

In fact, crime writer David Owen noted that each writer met the chal­lenge by find­ing new ap­proaches to ma­te­rial: with limited space in which to de­velop char­ac­ter, theme and im­por­tantly re­solve events within.

Snap up a copy of this gem be­fore its print run of 100 copies runs out.


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