Stations (Arachne Press)

I have a story in this anthology which was published in November 2012. I read an extract of my story, Morning Sunshine, at the official launch on the 2nd of December 2012, at the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe.

Stations cover

Front cover of Stations

Stations: Short Stories Inspired by the Overground Line

Edited by Cherry Potts of Arachne Press

Twenty-four new short stories in homage to the East and South London section of the Overground Line: a story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the line, all the way to Highbury & Islington. Stations takes a sideways look through the windows of the Overground train, at life as it is,
or might be, lived beside the rails: quirky, humorous and sometimes horrifying.

Ideal for the commuting reader, Stations would make an excellent souvenir of a visit to London and a perfect gift for lovers of London everywhere.

On the 18th of June I did another reading at a Society for Young Publishers event at the Outlaws Yachting Club, a bar in the middle of Leeds:


And on the 27th of June 2013 I joined Cherry Potts of Arachne Press at Leeds Book Fair for the day. Here’s our stall, and a photo of Cherry reading her fabulous story from the collection.

Leeds bookfair stall 2

Cherry reading leeds

On the 15th of October 2013 I took part in the Ilkley Literature Festival. I collaborated with Peter Cooper, another talented author who also has a story in Stations, and we put on a ‘bit of a show’ about how trains and stations crop up in literature. Our fringe event was held at the Ilkley Playhouse, and here’s a big thanks for coming out to our lovely audience ;-). They were a lively lot, joining in at the end by contributing their own favourite literary railway references. Here are Peter and I in the dressing room before the show:

photo for derek

Here is an audio interview which lets you in on what a lot of fun we had planning the event, and if you’d like to see some footage of us both reading our stories at the end of the show you can go to the Arachne website. Peter also did a really cool article about the event on his own website here.




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