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To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology 2019

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Try not to laugh, that would be folly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. For this book will make you jolly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Anthology of year, twenty nineteen , fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. Published on the eve of Hulloween, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Or something like that...

The 2019 To Hull And Back anthology is now available to purchase all over the planet.

To Hull And Back anthology 2019

Cover designed by David Whitlam, featuring the congenial countenance of winner, Alan MacGlas

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Where to Buy The Anthology

The 2019 anthology is available from Amazon in print or Kindle (eBook) formats. PDF versions of the book are also available, sent by email.

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To Hull And Back Anthology 2019

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About The To Hull And Back Anthology

I’m proud to present the sixth ‘To Hull And Back’ humorous short story competition anthology. It contains a collection of 28 short stories from the winning, highly commended and shortlisted entrants of the 2019 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:

Adrian Hallchurch. Alan MacGlas, Brandon Robshaw, Christie Cluett, Christine Griffin, Christopher Fielden, Dan Purdue, Eddie Mitra, EJ Robinson, Ian Tucker, John Holland, Julie Bull, Karen Jones, Kathryn Joyce, Kiare Ladner, Louise Elliman, Mark Rutterford, Martin Strike, Mel Ciavucco, Mike Scott Thomson, Pat Winslow, Renée Boyer, Rob McInroy, Steph Minns, Steve Sheppard, Steven John, Susan Bennett and Tom Parker.

You can see all of their biographies on the 2019 competition results page.

The book’s cover was created by David Whitlam - you can see his biography below.

The anthology was first released on Hulloween (31st October) 2019. 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 2019 Video

The winner's video was filmed in July 2020 and stars the incomparable spirit of Alan MacGlas.

To Hull And Back - this is the sixth video - it was filmed in July 2020

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Anthology Book Launch Party

The 2019 To Hull And Back anthology book launch party took place at LeftBank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS6 5RW, UK, on Tuesday 10th December 2019.

To Hull And Back book launch party 2019

From left to right: Kathy Joyce, Ali Bacon, JohnHolland, Helen Sheppard, Mark Rutterford, Ian Tucker, Mike Scott Thomson, Brandon Robshaw, Adrian Hallchurch, Chris Fielden, Stephen Oram, Julie Bull, Steve Sheppard and Mel Ciavucco

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

Lots of lovely To Hull And Back anthologies, Lyrically Justified anthologies and short story collections by Stephen Oram

There were readings at the event from many of the writers featured in the 2019 anthology, plus some fabulous story and poetry readings by Talking Tales performers. The order of events transpired as follows:

Part 1

Kathy Joyce

Kathy Joyce, reading 'Surviving Heals'

Nell Lewis

Nell Lewis, reading 'Losing Contact'

Brandon Robshaw

Brandon Robshaw, reading 'Book Reviews'

Helen Sheppard

Helen Sheppard, reading 'Virgins' and other poems

Julie Bull

Julie Bull, reading 'Fat Friend'

Ali Bacon

Ali Bacon, reading 'Wet and Dry'

Steve Sheppard

Steve Sheppard, reading 'Geronimo'

At this point, we had a short break so the audience could purchase more booze and complete their 'Finish the Lines'.

Part 2

Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram, reading 'Dormant Status'

Leee McKenna

Leee McKenna, reading 'Equally Right'

Adrian Hallchurch

Adrain Hallchurch, reading 'Happy and Glorious...'

Shaun Clarke

Shaun Clarke, reading 'The Little Things'

Elle Spellman

Elle Spellman, reading 'The Medium'

Mark Rutterford

Mark Rutterford, reading 'Cassandra's Week' by Alan MacGlas

Mel Ciavucco

Mel Ciavucco, adjudicating Finish the Lines

Thank Yous

I'd like to say a big thank you to Christie Cluett, John Holland, Mark Rutterford, Mel Ciavucco, Mike Scott Thomson, Steph Minns and Tom Parker for helping me judge the 2019 THAB competition.

I'd also like to thank David Whitlam for designing a fabulous cover for the 2019 anthology.

The photos that litter this page were taken by me and Mel Ciavucco.

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 and poetry performances.

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

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Anthology Cover

The 2019 To Hull And Back anthology cover was designed and created by David Whitlam.

David Whitlam

David Whitlam is a surrealist artist and illustrator from Stockport. From an early age, he showed signs of a vivid imagination and a talent for drawing. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000 with a degree in Graphic Art and Illustration.

Since then, David’s artwork has adorned more than 20 book covers, including work for award winning authors like Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, and Christopher Fielden. He works in a variety of mediums, often combing traditional drawings and paintings with digital art. David’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries in the UK and US and have sold to collectors around the world.

For more information see: davidwhitlam.com

To Hull And Back Anthology 2019 Book Cover

To Hull And Back Anthology 2019, full book cover by David Whitlam

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Pat W
Many thanks, Chris. I’m looking forward to reading all the stories :-)

Martin S
Hearty congratulations to the winner, Alan Macglas, and all those running up and being commended highly. To achieve this magnificence requires absurd writing talent and, in all likelihood, equal measures of mental distortion and an incompatibility with normal folk. Roll on Hulloween - I can guarantee the anthology will be up to Chris Fielden's usual 'Boo'ker Prize standard.

Chris Fielden
Thank you, Pat. It's a great collection this year, so I hope you like it :-)

And thank you, Martin. Yes indeed, good sir, yes indeed. Abnormalities in personality do help. As for the 'Boo'ker prize, I think we should start running it. Immediately.