Category Archives: short_stories

Wee shall overcome

Yesterday, while waiting for my bike to be repaired in one of the nearest decent cycle shops to Witney (i.e. Oxford), I had a few hours of free time in which to rattle round in the city centre. Luckily I’d … Continue reading

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Oxfringe 2007 gets bigger and bigger

Fantastic news for you and us: Oxfringe has teamed up with On The Fringe, another local creative group with official festival recognition, and is now jointly running even more events! Throughout next week (March 20–25) there’ll be Fringe events every … Continue reading

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Oxfringe 2007

…In the shadow of the official Oxford Literary Festival lurks… Oxfringe, an independent fringe event for local writers and new talent. We’re hosting a one-night session of stories, poetry and hilarious musical acts (time permitting) on 22nd March ’07 in … Continue reading

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A big old pile of lies

I have just finished folding and stapling sixty copies of A Pocketful of Lies. My hands are as dry as the paper I’ve been juggling for the past hour and a half. If anyone would like a copy of APoL, … Continue reading

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Been there, McSween that

McSweeney’s is still going. Cripes. And it looks exactly the same as it did about five years ago. Dave Eggers probably has a screenshot of an blisteringly now version of the site, with rounded corners, AJAX goodies and all whizzes … Continue reading

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Free booklet of short stories

As a prelude to the relaunch of short-story website Quiet little Lies (a relaunch which is long overdue), I’m distributing in print a seasonal special for 2006 called: An ideal Christmas gift, this handcrafted pamphlet has been lovingly assembled from … Continue reading

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I can do that: gis a job

Why are Dave Eggers’ short stories in the Guardian magazine every Saturday so pedestrian? By which I don’t mean: what makes them so. That much is obvious, a combination of A-level prose, an inability to condense a scene, and an … Continue reading

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