Posted by: SandraDeeble
January 11, 2012
When my friend Anne Shewring and I first started a slightly clandestine conversation about writing fiction, we weren’t really friends. It’s not that we were NOT friends, it’s just that we had only recently started working together. This was at We Are What We Do, a social change movement launched in 2004 with a book called Change the World for a Fiver. We both agreed that the most important thing about writing is to start something and then to finish it.
I realised that I liked Anne when we found out that we both loved Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery. And then we became friends.
Seven on Austerity came about during a conversation we had, many years later, about creating a newspaper of short stories. We may have been drinking champagne cocktails at the time, and I seem to remember it was in MyHotel in Bloomsbury. Champagne cocktails made us feel quite bold and devil-may-care and it wasn’t long before we’d agreed to publish a newspaper together. This was helped by the fact that Anne knew about the Newspaper Club and that between us we thought we could rustle up some fiction writers. Seven, to be precise. Or rather five others, plus the two of us.
Now that our first newspaper has hit the shelves, we are absolutely delighted. Hit the shelves might be a slight exaggeration, but if you are quick, you can pick up a free copy in London in Muswell Hill Books, Queens Park Books, England’s Lane Books and Framlingham Bookshop if you are in Suffolk. The other outlets are likely to be: Clerkenwell Tales, Foyles, London Review Bookshop, Clapham Books, Primrose Hill Books and Daunt Bookshop. If you send an email to email@example.com, I will happily send you a copy.
We don’t know what will happen next, but for the moment, we are enjoying ourselves. Which is why we decided to make a newspaper of short stories in the first place.
It now feels like the right time to thank our five other contributors: Jenny Jones, Sarah Ridgard, Katy Giebenhain, Kathryn Simmonds and Monika Turner. And the Newspaper Club. And a very special thank you goes to our illustrator, Mike Howard.
@SusieSteiner1 I loved your latest book and read it far too quickly. I’ve just given it to my mum and she is gripped. Thank you.