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What’s on: Stroud Short Stories


Stroud Short Stories returns for only its second live event since 2019 and welcomes back old friend Chloe Turner, who is now a local councillor.

Since her last appearance at SSS in May 2019, Chloe has become Green Party County and District Councillor for Minchinhampton. But she remains an original voice in the short story world, her first collection of stories, Witches Sail in Eggshells, having won the Saboteur award in 2020 for the best collection that year.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, The Orange Tree and Other Stories, which takes place at the Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud on Sunday 8 May at 7.30. Chloe will be reading a new story about the Ukraine, entitled I won’t tell you about all the days I spend looking for her

This will be Chloe’s fourth time at Stroud Short Stories.

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SSS Organiser/Editor John Holland said: “Last November’s SSS event was the first since lockdown. We were delighted that it sold out. We are hoping for the same again for what should be a stunning set of readings from Gloucestershire’s best.”

This time the SSS judges, John and author Ali Bacon, received 99 stories from which they chose the ten that will be read on 8 May.

Tickets are now on sale from the Cotswold Playhouse –

SSS will also welcome back Laura Kinnear who last read at the event in 2012. The ten authors who will be reading are Sophie Flynn, David Goodland, Anthony Hentschel, Jason Jackson, Laura Kinnear, Gillian Metheringham, Sean W. Quigley, Andrew Stevenson, Chloe Turner and Steve Wheeler.

All information about the event is on the SSS website

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