Short story 'newspaper' hits bookshops

Short story 'newspaper' hits bookshops

The team behind the successful book Change the World for a Fiver has launched a free newspaper for short stories.

The first edition, Seven on Austerity, contains seven tales on the theme, with contributors including Kathryn Simmonds, a winner of a Forward Best First Collection Award, and other published and unpublished writers.

Bookshops carrying the free publication include several London independents, such as John Sandoe, London Review Bookshop and Foyle’s St Pancras, plus others further afield including Wenlock Books in Shropshire and Framlingham Bookshop in Suffolk.

Project member Sandra Deeble said the newspaper had been started “for fun” but had received such a good response from bookshops that more editions will follow, accompanied by an online blog set to commence on www.sevenon.co.uk.

“It seems counterintuitive in the digital age, but we liked the idea of fiction in a newspaper like the Metro,” she said. “But Seven on Austerity is also available as a PDF on the Newspaper Club website (www.newspaperclub.com)."

Four to six issues are likely to be published each year, with each tackling a different theme. The next edition will be devoted to 'Laughter'.

Change the World for a Fiver, published by Short Books in 2004 as part of a wider campaigning project, suggested 50 easy actions which could be taken to change the world, and became an unconventional hit with the public.