Story Calendar

A Story for May: Small birds, like painted chickens

An amusing misunderstanding between family members over a little girl’s love of boiled eggs. 

A Story for April- Under the Acacia

A story of loving someone you never knew. This story originally appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine.

A Story for March- Clouds Upon the Horizon

An extract from the latest entertaining and hilarious Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld novel. Our hopelessly out-of-touch hero is forced to confront uppity librarians, and a possible hostile takeover.

A Story for February- Doctors, detectives, common sense

Mma Ramotswe, only begetter and proprietrix of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Botswana’s only private detective agency for the problems of ladies (and others), very rarely had cause to consult her general practitioner. This doctor was called Dr Leonard Modisapodi, a man of modest tastes and quiet demeanour, who lived in a small house […]

A Story for January: Maternal Designs

‘Maternal Designs’ is part of Pianos & Flowers, a new collection of short stories called inspired by vintage photographs.

A Story for December- Descent

This extract is from ‘Tiny Tales‘, a collection of thirty short stories that range in length from the short to the minuscule, coming Spring 2021.

A Story for November- Épater la Bourgeoisie

An extract from the new installment in the 44 Scotland Street series ‘A Promise of Ankles’.

A Poem for October – Fall

The following is taken from Alexander’s collection of poetry, ‘In a Time of Distance’, to be published in 2021. In it, he has a sequence – A Scottish Four Seasons. Here is Autumn as we say in Scotland, or Fall: Autumn or Fall  Look, the migrating birds Are leaving us, small souls That brave three […]

A Story for September – No Double Bed

No Double Bed is an exclusive extract from the forthcoming book, ‘How to Raise an Elephant’, the twenty-first volume in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. How to Raise an Elephant will be published in November 2020. 

A Story for August – Pope Ron

The first adventure of Pope Ron Pope Ron, the first Australian pope, came from a small town south of Perth. His father, Bill Stokes, was an agricultural machinery salesman; his mother, Sandra, gave music lessons at the local high school. Ron, who had been an enthusiastic altar-boy, had nursed an ambition to be a priest, […]

A Story for July- London and Its Games

In recognition of this Olympic month here’s is a throw back to a piece written about the 2012 London Olympic Games.

A Story for June: What happened during the Antipasti

This extract is the first chapter from ‘The Geometry of Holding Hands‘, the thirteenth novel in the Isabel Dalhousie/Sunday Philosophy Club series. The book is published in the UK later this month. US/Canadian publication follows in July.