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Gallery Attendant, 37

A new short story from Wendy Erskine, written in 48 hours as part of our Great Big Giant Short Story Experiment.

An Old Friend

‘Normally I hate swimming in the ocean, everything about it scares me deeply; but after a few drinks I dive in fearlessly, with abandon and hope.’

Hotel

‘At the end of the corridor, through a door, Sylvester emerged into a games room. A skittles alley games room. It was a long room, whose centre was two brightly polished skittles alleys, and the boy. For there was a boy. There was.’

Settling Down

‘There’s just something about the way you are together. It’s a quiet sort of thing, but I’d say it works, doesn’t it?’

Burn Heart

‘After a while he forgot he was dancing with his pen pal’s mother and he believed she forgot that he was the soft pouchy boy her daughter had brought home. That was the joy of it. They forgot themselves.‘

After the Alphabet: What we do with words

The text of our 2023 lecture, which was delivered by short-story writer and novelist, Evelyn Conlon.

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Gallery Attendant, 37

A new short story from Wendy Erskine, written in 48 hours as part of our Great Big Giant Short Story Experiment.

The Waiting House

‘A year into writing a second draft, I catch the first unsettling drift of unease, like something unpleasant and indefinable under the floorboards.’

An Old Friend

‘Normally I hate swimming in the ocean, everything about it scares me deeply; but after a few drinks I dive in fearlessly, with abandon and hope.’