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.

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

A Herbal Remedy

A Herbal RemedyProud arches of blood-veined beetroot leaves; delicate feathered fronds of carrots, asking breathily for fingers to brush their tickly surfaces; moist, luscious, blousy lettuces, their secret hearts firm and unblemished; whorish, day-glo courgette flowers begging to be fertilised; jolly fairytale wigwams, decorated with Painted Lady red and white bean petals… all vegetable life was here.


The November Broadsheet Story is A Herbal Remedy by Claire Whatley. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

Claire Whatley’s novella for children The Stones and the Shaman is published by YouWriteOn.com (ISBN 978-1849231312).

The Stones and the Shaman


They were on the first floor, where ladies’ lingerie argued for space with bedroom furniture and luggage. All manner of underwear, stocked up for all manner of exigencies: the voyeur’s stingy black, the idealist’s sufficiently floral, the boudoir’s generous red and the mammoth fleshy knickers of the disaffected.


The October Broadsheet Story is Lovedieshere by Siobhan Evans. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

I Love You Crazy

I Love You Crazy


So I’m lying in bed and suddenly I find that I’m thinking about you which I haven’t done for I don’t know how long but I’m remembering how you used to love it when I slept naked just like I’m doing right now.


The Broadsheet Story for August/September is I Love You Crazy by Naomi Alderman.

Naomi Alderman’s first novel Disobedience (ISBN 978-0141025957) won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006. In 2007 she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. Her second novel The Lessons is published by Penguin Viking (ISBN 978-0670916290).

Disobedience   The Lessons
I Love You Crazy is not available for download, but you can visit The Winter House, a short story/film/website created by by Naomi Alderman and Jey Biddulph. Naomi Alderman is also lead writer for the alternate reality game Perplex City.

Ip Dip

Ip Dip
When my wife kicked me out I went to stay with friends at first. It only lasted a couple of weeks. I can see now how kind they were, but they were our friends, not mine, and I was asking them to choose sides.


The April Broadsheet Story is Ip Dip by Martin Cooper.

After Hours – the Banned Broadsheet

After Hours 
In the smoky corner of an after-hours joint, I clutch my paper cup of Jack and Coke and watch it grow soggy in my hand. Clarissa, a girl I know from Angels, is dancing by herself next to the chair I’ve sank into. She rocks her hips to the heavy bass of the same techno songs we hear at work. The room is cloudy with cigarette and marijuana smoke.


After Hours by Lauri Shaw was intended to be the Broadsheet Story for October 2009, but the venue owners felt that it was too adult to be left on cafe tables so it was never distributed. Still a good story, though. Click on the thumbnail image and see for yourself.

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys
Lauri Shaw is a contributor to the anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys published by Soft Skull Press (ISBN 978-1593762414). Her novel Servicing the Pole can be found on her website laurishaw.com.

Memory House

Memory House
They built the house, planned the gardens, mapped out the valley, sitting side by side in her basement bed with a bottle of wine or a pot of coffee. It was never finished. Sometimes they would add an entire wing, complete with bathrooms and Victorian plumbing, only to tear it down again the following weekend.


The Broadsheet Story for October is Memory House by Martin Cooper.