Friday 7 October 2011



A new anthology of short stories by new Norfok writers has been published by Oakmagic Publications, an independent north Norfolk publisher.
The short story form has been largely overlooked in the twenty first century. Its golden age coincided with that of the railway when a short story in a magazine could be devoured during a short railway journey.
It is therefore good to read short stories for, unlike the novel, they rely on economy of style and execution to achieve their effects.
This new collection originates from a series of creative writing classes which the editor, crime novelist Kelvin Jones, ran in Swaffham and Aylsham. The previous anthology, “The Meeting House” appeared in 2008. “This new collection of 13 tales is slightly different from the first collection (“The Meeting House”) in that all of the stories here have some link with East Anglia and many of them are mystery stories, although they are not necessarily limited to a specific genre,” says Kelvin. “However, they all share a common objective. They provide an often alarming insight into the human condition and they cover a whole range of human emotions.” Mr Jones was previously a Creative Writing tutor for the UEA.

NORFOLK TALES appears on 4th October and is available through Amazon, the Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham or direct from the publishers at, priced £7.99. Details are also available from OAKMAGIC'S Facebook page. A book launch will take place at the Ceres bookshop on 22nd November from 7pm onwards. Contact: for details.

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