Short Story Club: “The Inner Room” by Robert Aickman

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

“The Inner Room” by Robert Aickman

In February, bookseller Katalina will introduce then read aloud “The Inner Room” by Robert Aickman, who was a prolific short fiction writer during the middle of the twentieth century and famed for his “Strange Stories”.

This creepy tale blurs the gaps between memory, hallucination and premonition as Lene attempts to move on from her losses of the Second World War. It’s got a creepy doll’s house – what more could you need of a February evening?

We are delighted to be spending 2019 reading the new series from legendary publisher Faber & Faber of the finest short stories ever: Faber Stories. We’ll be reading a selection of this beautiful new series of short stories new and old, discovering a range of writers you already love and new ones to discover.

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…”

— George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and no tickets are issued. However, you can RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and help us gauge numbers. Please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!

January Short Story Club: Dante and the Lobster by Samuel Beckett

Welcome to a new year of stories! We are delighted to be spending 2019 reading the new series from legendary publisher Faber & Faber of the finest short stories ever: Faber Stories. We’ll be reading a selection of this beautiful new series of short stories new and old, discovering a range of writers you already love and new ones to discover.

This month, we’re reading “Dante and the Lobster” by Nobel Prize winning laureate Samuel Beckett. This story was the first of linked tales in Beckett’s short story collection More Pricks Than Kicks and sold so few copies when it was first released in 1934 that it was pulped. Now these stories are seen as some of his most important early work, but beware, the story might be a bit baffling! But that will be part of the fun when it comes to discussion time…

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…” — George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and unticketed. However, please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!

Short Story Club: “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding” by Agatha Christie

Again Poirot shivered. The thought of a fourteenth-century English manor house filled him with apprehension. He had suffered too often in the historic country houses of England. He looked round appreciatively at his comfortable modern flat with its radiators and the latest patent devices for excluding any kind of draught.

It’s festive Short Story Club! This time we’re transporting you to the quintessential English country Christmas, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot finds himself at the centre of yet another mystery. Published in 1922 and also known as “The Theft of the Royal Ruby”, Hercule Poirot must get to the bottom of a devilish plot featuring a dubious Christmas pudding!

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…” — George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and unticketed. However, please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!

Short Story Club: “The Game of Smash and Recovery” by Kelly Link

“If Anat did not have Oscar, then who in this world would there be to love? The Handmaids will do whatever Anat asks of them, but they are built to inspire not love but fear.”

This month Short Story Club transports you to a new planet into the work of Kelly Link, a contemporary American writer who is often compared to Angela Carter for her weird, tricksy stories of worlds where something is just a little off… In this case, we’re on a different world altogether, with brother and sister Anat and Oscar as they play hide-and-seek. Join us by the Golden Hare wood-burning stove with a glass of wine in hand and enjoy listening to bookseller Katalina read the story in its entirety, followed by an informal discussion about the themes and ideas in the story. A perfect primer for people looking to get into short stories and/or sci-fi, and if you already love them come along and enjoy! This story is from Kelly Link’s latest story collection Get In Trouble.

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…” — George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and unticketed. However, please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!