Sweet Surprise

Sweet Surprise
Doe-eyed, black haired, husky-voiced Poornima, surrounded by an aura of musk. Who could resist her? If Liese had been India born and bred she would’ve seen through the re-bonded hair. But Liese believed a bimbo like Poornima was harmless.


The Broadsheet Story for August 2011 is Sweet Surprise by Rumjhum Biswas. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

Mama at 21

Mama at 21

Just when I reconcile myself to the fact that my mama is dead and gone and I myself am one foot closer to the grave, there she is again. Her pretty young face splashed all over the centre section of the Sunday paper and Elvis Presley kissing her like there is no tomorrow. No wonder she looks happy.


The Broadsheet Story for July 2011 is Mama at 21 by Sara Kay Rupnik. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

Borrowed Time

Borrowed TimeNaomi Alderman is the creator of the new Dr Who adventure from BBC Books, Borrowed Time (ISBN: 978-1849902335).

‘You want more time Mr Brown, of course you do. We all want more time. Let me make you an offer…’

Andrew Brown never has enough time. No time to call his sister, or to prepare for that important presentation at the bank where he works. The train’s late, the lift jams. If only he’d had just a little more time.

But time is the business of Mr Symington and Mr Blenkinsop. They’ll lend him some – at a very reasonable rate of interest.

An all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the hit series from BBC Television.

Naomi Alderman is author of the Broadsheet Story I Love You Crazy (August 2010).

The Memory Box

The Memory Box

This morning he peered in and had a good look around, the way he always did, but he didn’t see me. Perhaps he can’t actually see me any more. It’s possible he doesn’t want to. I can’t tell, and he’s not giving much away.



The Broadsheet Story for June 2011 is The Memory Box by Nick Churchill. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

One Last Encounter with Avrahami Semititski

One Last Encounter with Avrahami Semititski


I feel a great lurch of recognition that is so welcome, it is almost like love and I have to hold on to the railings. Avrahami is there across the road – large as life, and he sees me looking at him but he doesn’t smile.


The Broadsheet Story for May 2011 is One Last Encounter with Avrahami Semititski, by Clare Kirwan. For copyright reasons it cannot be downloaded as a pdf file, but you can read it in the web-based fiction magazine On The Premises.

Clare Kirwan is a performance poet who has contribted to a number of anthologies, including The Dead Good Poets Society: The Book and Funny Poems for Christmas. She is co-editor of the topical poetry blog Poetry24.

One Last Encounter with Avrahami Semititski was first published by On the Premises.

The Dead Good Poets Society: The Book Funny Poems for Christmas

Various Authors

Various AuthorsA new quarterly anthology of short stories launches this month. Various Authors is published by The Fiction Desk and comes in paperback or Kindle editions (ISBN 9780956784308).

The stories take the reader from the shores of Lake Garda in Italy to a hospital room in Utah, from a retirement home overlooking the Solent to an unusual school in the wilds of Scotland. They introduce characters like Daniel, a government employee looking for an escape, and William, who is—to put it mildly—a most remarkable dog. Among the tales is Dave Tough’s Luck by Broadsheet contributor Matthew Licht (A Train Incident – March 2011).

The Summerhouse

The SummerhouseEvery spring, servants came to set up the summerhouse for the season, and every fall servants were the last to leave after preparing it for the winter. By then the owners had already returned to the city with their memories of summer. The house huddled up, shutters on windows, everything locked and secured for the rule of snow. Only the crows kept it company during the fleeting winter days when the sun appeared over the southern horizon for a few pale hours.

The Broadsheet Story for April 2011 is The Summerhouse by Heikki Hietala. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy. The Summerhouse was first published by Year Zero Writers.

Heikki Hietala’s novel Tulagi Hotel is published by Dragon Independent International Arts.

Tulagi Hotel

Publishing double for Trilby Kent

Trilby Kent (author of the September 2009 Broadsteet Stealing their Churches Behind Them) has two new books out this month.

Stones for my Father


Stones for My Father is published by Tundra Books (ISBN 978-1770492523). It is her second children’s novel, set against the harsh backdrop of laager and internment camp in South Africa during the Boer War.


Smoke Portrait

Smoke Portrait is Trilby Kent’s first novel for adults, published by Alma Books (ISBN 978-1846881299). Set in 1936, it describes an unlikely friendship between a Belgian teenager, Marten Kuypers, and Glen Phayre, an English woman in her twenties. Glen has left England to live with her aunt, who runs a tea plantation in Ceylon. She fills her days with good works, among them the task of writing letters to a Belgian prisoner. But the letters go astray, and are received instead by Marten, eager to discover the world outside his village.


A Train Incident

A Train Incident


Joe jumped up, leaned over to help the man to his feet. He looked down into a confused, surprised black face. A hot dog and bun smeared over coarse features, thick glasses askew, a look of serene incomprehension.


The Broadsheet Story for March 2011 is A Train Incident by Matthew Licht. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

Matthew Licht’s collection of short stories The Moose Show is published by Salt Publishing (ISBN 978-1844713028).

The Moose Show

The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap


Eventually, as the fairy dried, she stirred. I could see her light returning and as I watched she raised herself on one arm, pushed her tiny hand through her long hair and sat up. I said, getting down to the real business: “Do you grant wishes?”


The February Broadsheet Story is The Fly Trap by Jenny Antell. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.