After far too long an absence, globetrotting author, screenwriter and Geordie-cum-Scot Lee Carrick returns to McStorytellers today with the sorry tale of a newbie world traveller’s two contrasting nights spent under the bright lights of Barcelona.
Edinburgh writer David Christie makes a welcome return to McStorytellers today with a story set in Venice. Not the tourist-infested city of today. But the old Venice. Shakespeare’s Venice, in fact, where the hunt is on for Shylock.
Enjoy The Measure.
It’s Wednesday. It’s McStorytellers McSerial day. And it’s time for Episode Four of Annie Christie’s Family Fictions, in which dark clouds begin to gather when the Olds family’s holiday is gate-crashed. Enjoy!
Remember, you can catch up with all the earlier episodes by using your cursor to hover over Oor McSerials in the left-hand sidebar and then just following the trail.
In the McStorytellers McSerial today, it’s Episode Three of Annie Christie’s Family Fictions. And it’s Day Two of the Olds family’s holiday on the Isle of Mull. The island may be an idyllic retreat, but beware – there are ghosts everywhere!
If you missed them, you can catch up with the first two episodes by using your cursor to hover over Oor McSerials in the left-hand sidebar and then just following the trail.
We’re delighted to present today another literary treat from Barcelona-based Glaswegian McStoryteller John McGroarty. Dealing as it does with those inner demons of fear and anxiety and guilt, The Soul of the World is deep and dark. But, like all of John’s work, it also offers the light of salvation.
Enjoy! And if you do, you’re also bound to enjoy John’s remarkable short fiction collection, Everywhere & Other Stories.
It’s Wednesday. It’s McSerial day on McStorytellers. And it’s time for the next instalment of Annie Christie’s Family Fictions.
This week, the dysfunctional Olds clan embark on their Hebridean holiday. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime? It’s certainly shaping up to be one they won’t forget in a hurry. Read all about it in Episode Two.
Miss last week’s opener? Catch up with Episode One now.
“It’s the Man Booker, Jim, but not as we know it.”
Here’s a Monday morning treat for all you would-be JKR’s out there. The Magog Prize for Literature shows the lengths that some folk will go to be recognised as the greatest living writer of their time – even in the twenty-third century. And it’s a tale that could only emerge from the madcap imagination of oor man in Barcelona, John McGroarty.
Enjoy the ride!
Over in America, where author Michael C. Keith resides, they would probably class his latest tale on McStorytellers as ironic. But here in Scotland we would simply call it a nae luck story. Read The Man Who Said Yes… Once to find out why.
It’s Wednesday, so it must be time for the opening instalment of our brand new McSerial, Annie Christie’s Family Fictions.
Here’s what Aberdeenshire-born Annie said about the story in her recent blog post on our sister site, McRenegades:
“It’s set on the Isle of Mull in 1996 and a century before. It will run in the McSerial slot on McStorytellers for 12 weeks. It’s a story of secrets which cannot remain hidden and probably lurks somewhere between a domestic family drama and a psychological drama. It may have elements of the supernatural in it. Perhaps that’s for the reader to decide.”
Enjoy Episode One. And come back here next Wednesday for more.
June is here and so is the rain. But you can cheer up an otherwise dreich day with a dollop of wry Scots humour, courtesy of Glaswegian writer and poet Thomas Clark. Thomas makes his McStorytellers debut with Auld Hughie’s Losin It, a salutary tale of the alleged demise of a local worthy.
Brendan Gisby is McStoryteller-in-Residence. He's the author of four novels, three biographies and several short story collections.