Stroud Short Stories Anthology 2015-2018


Acclaimed by the Cheltenham Literature Festival to be “possibly the best short story event in the South West”, Stroud Short Stories’ reputation is based on the quality of the stories read at its events. This, the second Stroud Short Stories anthology, covers the period from November 2015 to May 2018. That’s six events and nearly 60 stories written and read by the cream of Gloucestershire’s authors – some professional, some amateur – but all inspired by the challenge of creating an exciting and inspirational evening of short stories.

Stroud Short Stories organiser John Holland has edited an anthology of stories in a diverse range of styles and with an extraordinary array of themes, which will in turn amuse, enchant and challenge the reader.


The Anthology, priced at £10, includes 57 stories by 46 Gloucestershire authors including Rick Vick, Joanna Campbell, Steve Wheeler, Chloe Turner, Simon Piney, Melanie Golding, Andrew Stevenson, Ali Bacon, Mark Graham, Judith Gunn, Emma Kernahan and Kirsty Hartsiotis.

To coincide with the launch of the Anthology at the Ale House tomorrow evening (see poster above!) Good On Paper have obtained an extract from one of the stories featured in the book. Click the button below to read the beginning of Wayland Smith: Warrior of the Milky Way by Mark Graham:

Following the launch the next Stroud Short Stories event takes place on Sunday 11th November at the SVA as part of this year’s Stroud Book Festival. Visit , and pick up next month’s issue of Good On Paper for further info…