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To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology 2018

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Hulloween: the creepiest, darkest, most dastardly and hellishly Hulliest day of the year. The day when witches cackle in the sky, the bogeyman throws a party for creatures of the night, pumpkins are carved into ghoulish tools of light-bearing power and, most importantly, the To Hull And Back Anthology is released. It is available to buy all over the planet.

You'll find full details of how to purchase the book below.

To Hull And Back anthology 2018

Cover designed by Charlotte Strike, featuring the noble noggin of winner, John Holland

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Where to Buy The Anthology

The 2018 anthology is available from Amazon in print or Kindle (eBook) formats. PDF versions of the book are also available, sent by email.

Kindle Copies of the Anthology

You can purchase Kindle eBook copies of the anthology here.

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Printed Copies of the Anthology

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PDF Copies of the Anthology

Purchasing a PDF is the cheapest way to buy the 2018 To Hull And Back anthology. Pay via PayPal using the button below - I will then email you a PDF version of the book.

2018 Anthology PDF £3.99


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About The To Hull And Back Anthology

I’m proud to present the fifth ‘To Hull And Back’ humorous short story competition anthology. It contains a collection of 27 short stories from the winning, highly commended and shortlisted entrants of the 2018 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:

Aphra Pell, Cathy Cade, Christie Cluett, Christopher Fielden, Crystal Jeans, Edward Field, Gaynor Jones, Gina Parsons, Guy Russell, Jason Jackson, John Emms, John Holland, Jonathan Macho, Karen Jones, Katie Burton, Katy Wimhurst, Leema Ahmed, Mark Rutterford, Mel Ciavucco, Michele Sheldon, Mike Scott Thomson, Pat Winslow, Philip Charter, Rachel McHale, Richard de Silva, Sherry Morris and Steven John.

You can see all of their biographies on the 2018 competition results page.

The book’s cover was created by Charlotte Strike - you can see her biography below.

The anthology was first released on Hulloween (31st October) 2018. The winner’s copy of the book will make a journey on the Highway to Hull, strapped to a two-wheeled chariot of rampant noisiness. You can learn more about the meaning of the previous sentence and the ‘To Hull And Back’ competition (which offers the most awesome prize in the field of literature) on the main To Hull And Back short story competition page.

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The To Hull And Back 2018 Video

The winner's video was filmed in June 2019 and stars the incomparable John Holland.

To Hull And Back - this is the fifth video - it was filmed in June 2019

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Anthology Book Launch Party

The 2018 To Hull And Back anthology book launch party took place at Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS6 5RW, UK, on Saturday 8th December 2018.

To Hull And Back 2018 book launch readers and judges

From left to right: Steven John (out of shot on left), M M Lewis, Grace Palmer, Oliver Kennett, Christie Cluett, Mel Ciavucco, Richard de Silva, Pat Winslow, John Holland, Leema Ahmed, Mark Rutterford, Edward Field, Jonathan Macho, Sherry Morris, Chris Fielden, Helen Sheppard and Tom Parker

And here's a picture with Steven John in it too.

Talking Tales To Hull And Back readers

Steven John, legend on the left (pic by Phil Braada and Sherry Morris)

The book launch celebration was run in conjunction with Talking Tales, an event that Stokes Croft Writers put on in Bristol every 2 months. Every year, the members of SCW help me to judge the competition. They're all legends.

To Hull And Back Anthologies

A plethora of To Hull And Back anthologies

There were readings at the event from many of the writers featured in the 2018 anthology, plus some fabulous flash fiction and poetry read by regular Talking Tales performers. The order of events transpired as follows:

Part 1

Jonathan Macho

Jonathan Macho reading 'Digi-Man'

Leema Ahmed

Leema Ahmed reading 'Humble Begettings'

Steven John

Steven John reading 'Fashion in Men’s Footwear – Late 20th Century'

M M Lewis

M M Lewis reading 'The Pantomime Villain's Tale'

Richard de Silva

Richard de Silva reading 'Venison'

Here a short break did commence, to purchase drinkypoos and perform ablutions.

Part 2

Sherry Morris

Sherry Morris reading 'Miracles, Mercies and Mary… on Toast'

Helen Sheppard

Helen Sheppard reading 'Hair Molester' and 'Let's be Wacky and Melancholy 1978'

Oliver Kennett

Oliver Kennett reading 'The Wind In The Silence' (Oliver's story was so short, we failed to get a pic of him, so this is a photo from October's Talking Tales)

Pat Winslow

Pat Winslow reading 'The Pig'

Grace Palmer

Grace Palmer reading 'Marguerite and The Moon'

John Holland

John Holland reading 'Lips'

Thank Yous

I'd like to say a big thank you to Christie Cluett, Crystal Jeans, Edward Field, Mark Rutterford, Mel Ciavucco and Mike Scott Thomson for helping me judge the 2018 THAB competition.

Reading event at Left Bank Bristol

Me, checking the microphone while Tom undertakes some artistic photography shenanigans

I'd also like to thank Charlotte Strike for designing a fabulous cover for the 2018 anthology.

Thanks to Thomas David Parker for taking the photos that litter this page.

Left Bank Bristol audience

Tom, taking a few pics

A big thank you to all the performers who journeyed from all over the place to deliver such wonderful readings. It takes balls to stand behind The Lonely Mic – huge thanks for some brilliant story telling performances.

And finally, a huge thank you to the audience for being so supportive to all the readers and generating such a welcoming atmosphere.

A Few More Pics

Here are a few more pics from the party.

Christopher Fielden

Me, undertaking a bit of introductory waffling

Left Bank Bristol

Getting set up at Left Bank in Bristol

Mel Ciavucco

Judge, Mel Ciavucco looking immensely pleased with herself (what have you just done, Mel?)


Lots of lovely books, including some Stroud Short Story anthologies

Finish The Lines

Finish The Lines, the winners of which win a Talking Tales badge

Reading to the audience

Richard de Silva, reading to the audience

Chris Fielden and John Holland

Chris and John, feeling pleased with themselves after an evening of story telling amazingness (pic by Phil Braada and Sherry Morris)

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Anthology Cover

The 2018 To Hull And Back anthology cover was designed and created by Charlotte Strike.

Charlotte Strike

I am Charlotte Strike, an illustrator and animator who illustrates and animates. I eat a lot of bread. You can see more of my artwork on Instagram.

To Hull And Back Anthology 2018 Book Cover

To Hull And Back Anthology 2018, full book cover by Charlotte Strike

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Will H
Ordered. Look forward to reading it, and Happy Hulloween!

Chris Fielden
Fabulous, thanks Will, you’re a legend! Happy Hulloween to you too :-)

Will H
Pleasure, Chris. Keep up the great work!