Story Calendar

A Story for February: First Class

First Class A great airport, as everyone knows, is a city in itself, a microcosm of society. Within its confines almost every walk of life, every trade or profession, is represented. There are pilots, doctors, priests, engineers, electricians, negotiators, cooks and beauticians. Some of these jobs are glamorous – pilots inevitably attract admiring glances as […]

A Story for January: Travels with my Teapot

Travelling with my Teapot – One of the duties of being an author is travelling to book festivals, often in far-flung places. Clothes are thrown into a bag at the last possible moment, usually including a kilt for festival appearances and an endless supply of white shirts. These are interesting occasions, of course, and you […]

A Story for December: Blowing In for Christmas

Now this story that I’m about to tell you is true. People think that authors make things up – and, by and large, that is quite correct. They do. They spin the most unlikely tales…

A Story for November: The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

Not technically a story…but an article from 2011 about custody battles, pet seals, German names, and sausage dogs.

A story for October: Small birds, like painted chickens

Small birds, like painted chickens first appeared in the Good Housekeeping magazine. From the very beginning it had been an ideal arrangement. After Anne had the baby—eight months afterwards—she had been able to go back to work again with complete confidence that everything would run smoothly. She was a doctor and did not want to stop […]

A Story for September: A Wartime Romance

An extract from The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse.

A Story for August: A Most Satisfactory Weekend

Most satisfactory… George Leary waved good-bye to his wife at St Pancras Station. There’s the train to Paris, he thought, and there’s my wife boarding it. Good riddance … No, no, no! He stopped himself. It was a terrible thing to think even if she would never know that the thought had crossed his mind. Bon […]

A Story for July: The Sound of… Austria

This ‘tongue in cheek’ story set in Austria first appeared in The Lady magazine. The Sound of … Mary had been christened Maria, but had changed her name when she was eighteen. “It’s not that I’ve got anything against the name Maria,” she said to friends. “It’s just that I don’t see myself as a Maria. I just […]

A story for June: Rain

Rain   1. If there is one rule that authors should observe above all others it is this: keep out of the story. Of course everybody now understands that is impossible—indeed naïve—and so the rule has been recast. Pretend to keep of the story is the modern version of the injunction. It is, in general, […]

A Story for May: A Fine Performance

‘A Fine Performance’ originally appeared in the Good Housekeeping magazine   “Freedom,” said Anna, looking out of the window. From behind her, half buried behind a newspaper, her husband, Tom, made a non-committal sound. It was difficult to know what to say when, quite out of the blue, your wife says Freedom. “Two weeks of freedom,” […]

A Story for April: The Director

The Director first appeared in the New Statesman magazine 1 This is the story of a friendship. It takes place over a number of years, starting when the two people involved were eight and ending when they were twenty-nine. It starts in Scotland and ends there, although part of it takes place in Australia. It […]

A Story for March: Scandinavian Noir in Twelve Chapters

As Scotland, indeed the entire UK, lies deep under snow (just as February ends and Spring is meant to be on the way), Alexander turns to an area of the world where the winters are even colder and the area of writing now referred to as Scandinavian Noir… Scandinavian Noir is now established as one of the […]