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I'm proud to present The To Hull & Back humorous short story competition anthology 2016. The book was released on All Hullows' Eve (31st October 2016 (Hulloween)) and is available to buy on Amazon and CreateSpace. You can also buy a PDF copy of the book directly from me.
You'll find full details on how to purchase the book below.
Cover hand-painted by Steph Minns, featuring the fantabulous fizzog of winner Peter Ewing
You can purchase the anthology from Amazon and CreateSpace in print or Kindle (eBook) formats, or you can buy PDF versions of the book from me.
You can purchase Kindle eBook copies of the anthology here:
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You can also purchase printed copies of the book directly from Create Space.
Purchasing a PDF is the cheapest way to buy the 2016 To Hull & Back anthology. Pay via PayPal using the button below - I will then email you a PDF version of the book:
2016 Anthology PDF £3.99
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I’m proud to present the third ‘To Hull & Back’ humorous short story competition anthology. It contains a collection of 29 humorous short stories from the winning, highly commended and shortlisted entrants of the 2016 contest. The book also contains a story written by each of the judges.
The stories in this book are fun and quirky, written by writers with vivid imaginations. This means all the tales are highly original and entertaining to read. I predict that each will become a fable of mirth and legend in the future.
The authors featured in this anthology are:
Adena Graham, AH Cassells, Anita MacCallum, Christie Cluett, Christopher Fielden, C L Raven, Dan Brotzel, Dan Purdue, Dylan Balfour, Heather Reid, Helen Combe, Ian Tucker, Jim Horlock, Joe Richardson, John Holland, Jonathan Macho, Leah Eades, Mark Rutterford, Martin Strike, Mary D'Arcy, Mel Ciavucco, Peter Ewing, Radovana Jágriková, Sarah Hitchcock, Simon James, Steph Minns, ST Ranscht, Ted Myers and Thomas David Parker.
You can see all their biographies on the 2016 competition results page.
The anthology was first released on Hulloween (31st October) 2016. The winner’s copy of the book will make a journey on the Highway to Hull (see the video below), strapped to a two-wheeled chariot of rampant noisiness. You can learn more about the meaning of the previous sentence and the ‘To Hull & Back’ competition (which currently offers the most awesome prize in the field of literature) on the To Hull & Back short story competition page.
COMING IN 2017
To Hull & Back - the third video will be filmed during spring 2017
The 2016 To Hull & Back anthology launch party took place at Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS6 5RW, UK, on Saturday 10th December 2016.
From left to right: AH Cassells, Ian Tucker, Chris Fielden, Steph Minns, Martin Strike, Mel Ciavucco, Jonathan Macho, Thomas David Parker, John Holland & Mark Rutterford
The launch was run in conjunction with Talking Tales which is one of Bristol's most popular short story telling/reading events, put on by Stokes Croft Writers. The members of SCW help me judge the competition every year.
An array of To Hull & Back anthologies
There were some fabulous readings from authors featured in the book and from Talking Tales regulars. The set list looked like this:
Steph Minns, reading 'Trip To The Bank'
Martin Strike, reading 'Strange Goings on at Newbury Model Train Enthusiasts’ Society'
Nicolas Ridley, reading 'Moose Head, Doe Eyes, Shrew'
Jonathan Macho, reading 'Stranger than Strangers'
Jason Jackson, reading 'Fingers'
John Holland, reading 'The Night Ape'
Ali Bacon, reading 'Fork Less'
Thomas David Parker, Christopher Fielden and Mark Rutterford, reading 'King’s Gambit Declined' (by Peter Ewing)
I'd like to say a big thank you to Anita MacCallum, Christie Cluett, Leah Eades, Mark Rutterford, Mel Ciavucco, Radovana Jágriková, Steph Minns and Thomas David Parker for helping me judge the competition this year.
A second big thank you to Thomas David Parker for co-hosting the book launch/Talking Tales with me on the night, in a tag-team death match of literary devastation.
Tom, hosting like a pro
A second big thank you to Steph Minns, for creating such a fantastic cover for the book this year.
Me, looking slightly mental, next to the banner of the book cover
And finally, a big thank you to all the performers and authors who journeyed from all over the UK, including Bristol, Bath, Stroud, Newbury, Cardiff and Scotland to be at the event. Your support is very much appreciated.
A gaggle of authors - John is the only one looking at the correct camera, which says a lot about the drinking habits of writers...
And here are some more pictures. Big thanks to Kath, Mel, Mum and Tom for their fantastic photography in limited light.
Me, doing an impression of a lunatic next to some books
A fine gaggle of authors
Mel Ciavucco, enjoying being attacked by sequins
The legend that is Thomas David Parker, doing a convincing impression of Dr Who
Another group shot, centred by an overexcited (or deranged...) Ms Minns
Me & Nicolas, deep in conversation about prose... or booze
Martin & Jo, with a rather delightful banner
Mark and me, looking suitably pleased with ourselves
A collection of the highly sought-after Talking Tales badges
The 2016 To Hull & Back anthology cover was created by Steph Minns. This is the first time an artist has hand painted the book cover. She's gone all Mad Max on us and it looks fabulous.
Steph has been a keen painter from childhood. Her parents put up with an alien landscape she painted at age 14, complete with tree monsters, on the living room wall for years, before it was tastefully papered over. Her first custom spray paint efforts on the motorbikes of pals led to a few professional van spray paint jobs in her later teens, and a few book cover jobs too.
After attending the London College of Printing as a mature student, Steph worked as a print manager and designer in various public sector and charity posts, including Commissioning Editor for Assessment magazine, and Communications Officer for Stonham Housing Association and The Prostate Cancer Charity.
She still paints for enjoyment, while taking on the occasional book cover project, including this year's To Hull and Back, and would love to move into the book design market professionally, full-time. She also dabbles in several creative crafts, including fused glass and glass painting.
You can learn more about Steph and her awesome artwork on her website.
To Hull & Back Anthology 2016, Full Book Cover by Steph Minns