Stories for Homes 2 now in production

We are delighted to announce that Stories for Homes Volume 2 is now in preparation. We plan to launch the e-book in September 2017 and a paperback version in November 2017. Just as with Stories for Homes 1, all profits will go directly to Shelter.

We received an amazing 256 submissions for the new anthology. The standard of submissions was incredibly high and the selection process tough. After much deliberation, 55 pieces have been selected for inclusion in the anthology. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who submitted for their generosity in offering to donate their work for this very important cause.

With so many quality submissions, it was inevitable that some excellent writing wouldn’t make it into the anthology. We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing a further 29 stories on this website in the months leading up to the publication of the anthology, and beyond. Check back here for updates on when these stories will be available.

We will be busy at work over the next few months making this anthology the best we can – many people are donating their skills to ensure the quality of the finished anthology is impeccable.

Here are the 55 accepted stories, laid out in their running order and ready for copy edits. If you can’t wait to read them, don’t forget that Stories for Homes 1 is still available to buy in paperback and e-book here and all proceeds go to Shelter.

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Latest news on Stories for Homes 2

The Stories for Homes 2 Anthology is under production, the editors hard at work in partnership with the selected authors. Meanwhile, we are proud to announce that the Online Anthology is now live. New stories will be added weekly – click here to read them.

We are also adding new real life stories of homelessness and housing crisis – you can read these moving accounts here.

 

The Edge of the World – Jo Lidbetter

The edge of the world. That’s how she thought of it. She sat in the doorway looking out to a life that wasn’t hers…

…At least in the heat, people would come around more. They couldn’t travel so they came by for a chat and a smoke. The creaking from below was comforting too: a slow rhythmic groan from the wooden struts that kept the house away from the ground and dry when the rains came. Someone was in the hammock below the house, swaying gently, keeping the air moving. She listened for a moment, her head on one side. There was a gentle snoring but that was probably just one of the dogs. She could picture the hammock. When threads snapped it’d be brought up to her and she’d twist some cotton into twine and knot it back into shape. The kids would come and sit at her feet while she did this. Well, not at her feet, obviously, but next to her, teasing each other before leaping back out into the sunshine. Into their world and out of hers.

Her world was now this little house.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Consequences – Debs Riccio

This is the worst part. Actually, on a scale of one to ten, this is nine. Ten is when I have to bring them back.

The woman who answers the door on the second ring of the bell is, as always, beautifully dressed. A cream outfit, probably designer, I don’t know; I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion, but Fran is. Her hair is smoothed back from her face and her skin is shining with health. She could be a model. And she knows it.

“Harry, Georgia, Daddy’s here!” she announces into the immaculate hallway…

…I take in a deep breath, smile and rock back on my trainers for the wait. They never stampede to the door to greet me. They’re not allowed to run in the house – something about damaging the weft of the pile on the carpets. She never used to worry about the runner in the hallway where we used to live. But that was before.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

A Life with Additives – Jackie Buxton

Shelley laid out the ingredients in a strict line on the tatty, wooden work surface as she did every day at 5.15am: 1kg of wholemeal, strong, plain flour, delivered personally from one of the few working mills in the country; 30g of fresh yeast; the same of honey; a flask of water, boiled and cooled just before she fell into bed late last night, and 30g of salt.

She set the yeast and honey with the water to dissolve in the brown, porcelain bowl her mother had left to her for the purpose. She sifted the flour and salt and tossed the sieve into the stained Belfast sink which made her back ache. In the early days, she’d have marvelled at how much quicker she was at carrying out this procedure but, today, Shelly simply added the yeast, pushed and prodded and rolled and folded the dough and hurled it intermittently onto the work top.

She glanced up at the clock. It was 5.30am. Of course it was.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Trust Not Optional – John Taylor

…I’m back in the front room. Waiting. This isn’t where I want to be. I’m not safe here. Waiting for more Audrey nightmare. Why can’t Gill come and sort Audrey out? I hate this room, with the TV in the corner, always on. People on the TV. Little, trapped people in the box. Trapped people who can’t get out. Trapped like me. Can’t get out. Can’t get away from Audrey.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copyof the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

A Ticket Home – Susan Chadwick

Will you come back with me? I’ve bought you a ticket. I’m on my way to meet you and I hope you’ll come home.

I haven’t seen you for half my lifetime, so why search for you now? Well, maybe the aunts were right and you were The One. If you were The One then, could you be The One, now? Have I wasted all this time without you? I missed you. I still miss you. Oh yes.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.