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Short Stories about……….Project

Please contact Steven Short, stevenshort23@hotmail.com for more information.

Short Stories About… project

Short Stories About… is a new series of collected writing and visual arts on a unifying theme.
Our debut collection, Short Stories About Mothers, featured a mother on the birth of her (extremely) premature twins, a woman who had decided motherhood wasn’t for her, a mum ‘lost’ to dementia and a nun talking about acting as midwife for a community (and her Mother Superior).

One of the aims of Short Stories About… is to present different takes on a subject, to challenge readers, to make people think (and to champion printed periodicals, Mothers has 48 pages). Short Stories About… also encourages work from new voices – unpublished authors – and showcase them alongside published ‘names’ (we had Matthew Fort, Jessica Fellowes and Lollie Barr in Mothers).


We are now inviting contributions for our second collection – Short Stories About Madness. The brief is open – what does Madness mean to you, what stories does it bring to mind, what thoughts, memories, experiences. What is Madness? We hope our collection, like Mothers, will make people look at the (huge) topic in a different way, challenge perceptions, inspire and entertain.

We welcome all kinds of contributions. Academic, fiction, memoir, essay. Word count 500 approx.

Deadline for expressing interest: 1 August. Deadline for first drafts: 31 August.

There is no fee – we are self funded, money from the sales of Mother are (hopefully) going to fund Madness. We have also donated copies to libraries in Brighton and Hove and Westminster and Hackney in order to reach a wider audience (who may not usually have access to this kind of material – we’re hoping to find new voices this way, too)

Charley Baker


Lecturer in Mental Health, School of Health Sciences , University of Nottingham

Associate Editor, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

ADDRESS: Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3DT, UK

EMAIL: charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk

PHONE: +44 (0)7882468272 / +44 (0)1332724922

WEBSITES: www.madnessandliterature.org / http://www.healthhumanities.org

BOOKS:

Health Humanities (Crawford, Brown, Baker et al) http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/health-humanities-paul-crawford/?K=9781137282590

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