If you have ever dreamed of publishing a short story, here is a wonderful opportunity for residents of Freeland, Hanborough, North Leigh and OX29.
We are a group of people from these three villages who successfully arranged the publication of three wonderful collections of short stories by authors from the three villages in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The anthologies, Unexpected Tales, is available from Amazon as an ebook and a paperback. Click HERE for more details.
Some of the 2017 authors at the book launch
Some of the 2018 authors at the book launch
Some of the 2019 authors at the book launch
A good read and a good red
Unexpected Tales and an Unexpected Ale
Unexpected Tales and an Expected Ale
How did it happen?
In 2016, four of us gathered together ostensibly to taste wine, but it emerged over the course of the evening that we were all writing novels or short stories – or, in one person's case, just dreaming of doing so.
After reading each other's stories over subsequent weeks and realising that this spurred us on to greater discipline with our writing, we decided to go one step further ... well, several steps actually. After all, what would you expect if you put a police detective, a former journalist, a broadcast engineer and an ecologist together!
At the start of 2017, we announced our idea to produce an anthology of short stories from within our three villages of Freeland, Long Hanborough and North Leigh in Oxfordshire, not knowing who else might be affected by the area's water in a similar way. The residents did not disappoint, with a plethora of superb stories across many genres.
The result is this series of anthologies ... and a slightly larger wine-tasting group.