Here’s a wee Saturday smile courtesy of Mister McStoryteller, Brendan Gisby. It’s a salutary tale called Rules of Engagement, in which he returns to the Sixties and remembers a particular confrontation with an unexpected outcome.
We’re a short story website, so we don’t do poetry as a rule. But we couldn’t resist publishing Ma Bannockburn. It’s a stirring portrayal – in authentic Scots – of the horrors of battle. And it comes from the pen of Roger Ceann Maol Beag, otherwise known as Edinburgh-born poet Roger McKillop, who makes his McStorytellers debut today.
It’s what you’ve been waiting a whole week for – Episode Five of Jack MacRoary’s Guide to the Independence Referendum.
It’s August 2014 in DrumTumshie, a month to go before the Big Vote, and things are hotting up in the Referendum Campaign, including a spot of cyberbullying by a prominent Nawbag and the egging of another in retaliation. And that’s just the start of it. Wait till next week, when the Big Guns invade.
Another father/son relationship is remembered in our story today as our resident American McStoryteller, Boston-based Michael C. Keith, continues to chronicle his boyhood hitchhiking odyssey to California.
In Perpetual Stranger, we learn how difficult it was for him to be schooled – and how perilous it could be to make friends.
Some parents can f**k you up. Others just drive you round the bend. The latter is the case, literally, in today’s story by Glasgow-born writer Ronnie Smith.
Called White Knuckle Ride, it’s a beautifully narrated tale of a prickly father/son relationship. Don’t miss the journey!
Glasgow-born writer Ronnie Smith makes his McStorytellers debut today with Bus Stop, a poignant tale of a man’s struggle against mental illness. The story also marks Ronnie’s return to Scottish fiction writing after too long a break.
Welcome back, Ronnie!
It’s Wednesday. It’s McSerial Day. So it must be time for Episode Four of Jack MacRoary’s Guide to the Independence Referendum.
This week, our budding political pundit remembers the summer of 2014, when he discovered that mounting a successful grassroots campaign through social media came at a cost – to him.
McStorytellers begins the week with a wee flight of fancy from the pen of Edinburgh writer Greg Michaelson. Set in ye days of yore, it’s called Errant. And it may or may not concern a damsel in distress.
Here’s a wee piece of dark humour to cheer you up on a gloomy winter’s day. It comes from the wicked pen of our favourite American McStoryteller, Michael C. Keith. It’s called If Mama Could Speak. And it demonstrates what can happen when words fail.
It’s McSerial day again here on McStorytellers, folks, and time for the return of Jack MacRoary, DrumTumshie Academy’s budding political commentator.
So here he is with Episode Three of Jack MacRoary’s Guide to the Independence Referendum, in which our intrepid chronicler is beginning to learn about Scottish politics and wondering what all the fuss is about.
Brendan Gisby is McStoryteller-in-Residence. He's the author of four novels, three biographies and several short story collections.