Huge thanks to Rae Stoltenkamp who shared the stage with Stories for Homes at the launch of her YA SciFi sequel When Rainbows Cry. We had wonderful readings by Stories for Homes 2 authors Sue Lanzon, Joan Taylor Rowan and Dan Maitland. Thanks also to everyone who bought the book on the evening. Direct sales at events really help boost the total we can pass on to Shelter.
Rae Stoltenkamp chatting to Ross Montgomery
Up next: an evening of music and readings in West Andover on 9th December – full details on our Events page.
We had a wonderful first live event for Stories for Homes 2 at Folkestone Book Festival. Editor Debi Alper gave a moving account of how her experience of homelessness and housing crisis, and that of fellow-editor Sally Swingewood, gave birth to the Stories for Homes project in 2013. One of the aims of the project is to promote new writers and Debi was delighted to announce that Amanda Berriman, whose brilliant story A Home Without Moles opened the original anthology, will have her first novel Home published in February 2018. Fans of the original story will be thrilled to know that Home takes that story as its starting point to create a wonderful and engrossing novel that’s sure to be a huge success.
We then had readings from SfH2 contributors Isabel Costello, Michele Sheldon, Mike Blakemore, Rachael McGill and Rose McGinty. Our readers held the crowd enthralled with their wonderful readings and we raised almost £300 for Shelter through sales of both Stories for Homes 2 and the original Stories for Homes, and some generous cash donations.
Isabel Costello reading from her story ‘A Place to Paint Yellow’
Rachael McGill read her story ‘Full Powers’
Mike Blakemore reading ‘The Globe”
Michele Sheldon reads from her story ‘Monsters’
Thanks to everyone who came, and to Folkestone Book Festival for generously hosting this event alongside their main festival.
Our next event is an exciting Open Mic evening in New Cross, London, this coming weekend (2nd December). Check our events page for full details.
It’s here! The paperback edition of Stories for Homes 2 officially launches today. With beautiful original cover art by one of our editors, Sally Swingewood, and packed with the most stunning writing, it would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to read. Both the paperback and Kindle editions can be found on our Amazon page.
Remember – all profits go directly to Shelter. The entire book has been produced by volunteers donating their time and talent, including our featured writers. The roster of authors in the book includes published novelists, award-winning short story writers and new authors you’re sure to hear more of in the future. We are grateful to each and every one of them.
We are organising a series of events to celebrate and promote Stories for Homes 2 and raise as much money as possible for Shelter. The events kick off in conjunction with the publication of our paperback edition, and the book will be available to buy at all our events. Most events are free, with the very kind sponsorship of the venues involved. Some events will be ticketed, with all profits going to Shelter. Please check our new Events page for all details.
Stories for Homes 2 has landed in the Amazon Kindle store and is available to buy now. It costs £5.99 and every single penny of profit goes straight to Shelter.
We are absolutely delighted to reveal the cover for Stories for Homes 2. The original artwork was painted by Sally Swingewood. The cover design was produced for us by the very talented Lucy Llewellyn at Head & Heart Book Design. We are incredibly grateful to Lucy for donating her time and immense skill to the project.
We are delighted to announce that Stories for Homes 2 will be available as an eBook from 28th September 2017. Paperback publication is planned for November.
A huge vote of thanks must go to the entire SfH team who have been beavering away to make this possible. The editing, proofreading and digital conversion have all been done by our fabulous volunteers, donating their considerable skills and experience to the cause. We also have stunning original art work for the cover – look out for the reveal soon!
We’ve had amazing feedback and endorsements already from readers with advance copies of the book. This is a truly remarkable collection of new writing for a very special cause.
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.
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. 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.