Sausage Egg and Chips

Sausage Egg and Chips Joni rubs her eyes and flecks of black mascara peel from her lashes and smear her fingers. The kettle comes to the boil, steam condensing in teardrops on the cream gloss wall above. She pours hissing water over a teabag in a mug with World’s Best Mum printed on it while she strings out a bone-weary yawn. She lets the tea brew, gets a pack of cigarettes from her handbag and lights one up from the gas ring on the stove. She inhales and immediately coughs.

 

The Broadsheet Story for January 2011 is Sausage Egg and Chips by Trevor Maytum. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

My Name is Odd

My Name is Odd
I am the child in the middle and my name is Odd. It’s good to be in the middle sometimes. My older sister breaks new ground. She was the one who argued for us to have pocket money. She was the one who fought for us to watch Dr Who. Left’s all right sometimes. My younger brother is a star; he has lots of friends. Right’s popular at school and I’m almost famous for being his sister. So that’s good too.

 

The December Broadsheet Story is My Name is Odd by Gail Aldwin. Click on the thumbnail image to download a pdf copy.

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

Lovedieshere

Lovedieshere
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.

Alternative

Alternative

Stephen Clarke was twice the man I’ll ever be. I didn’t know him well. I spoke to him most days – I worked for him after all. I had a pint with him occasionally. I fancied his wife, of course. But I didn’t really know him. So it was a bit of a surprise when I was invited to his funeral.

 

The July Broadsheet Story is Alternative by Martin Cooper.

Martin Cooper’s novel Cold Hillside and his short story collection Dandelion Sky are available as ebooks.

Cold Hillside

Dump

Dump
There were CCTV cameras on the gates, but they were watching for fly-tippers, not intruders. They recorded the ribbed surface of the concrete access road and the bindweed that swarmed up the wire fences separating trading estate lots.

 

The June Broadsheet Story is Dump by Martin Cooper.

That Celeb Smile

That Celeb SmileI never took any pictures of him, but I know exactly how I would have done it. He had long, wiry hair, very dark with here and there a startling silver strand. I would have stopped right down for the shallow depth of field and focused on a tangle of it, with the pores of the forehead behind. A hint of grey stubble, spark of something in the eye, all on the same plane; tip of the nose in front and ear ring further back, both beginning to blur. Black and white would have been good. Slowish film, with the prints blown up big enough to show the grain.

The May Broadsheet Story is That Celeb Smile by Martin Cooper.

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.

Lines of Desire

Lines of Desire   “Hunt and peck still. Why don’t you learn to type properly?”
   “Can’t. Neural pathways too well worn.” Dan jabbed at the full stop. “I tried a couple of times but the fingers didn’t want to know. Anyway, I’m pretty quick like this.”
   “No you’re not. You think you are because you’re hitting lots of keys, but you’ve had to go back and make six corrections in the last four lines. I want the section title in bold, sub-headings in italics.”

The March Broadsheet Story is Lines of Desire by Martin Cooper.