Taking as its theme, The Global Village, Tell-Tales 4 has drawn writers together from around the world. Set in India, Africa, Jamaica, Trinidad, New York, London, cyberspace and the future, the stories are ambitious and very contemporary.
Love, sex, death, war, global warming, immigration and crime are just some of the topics stories treat in often dark and funny ways. We are introduced to drug smugglers, a call-centre workers, tourists, ghosts and even a talking robotic job.
The twenty-six stories bring together exciting new talents and the work of established writers such as Caribbean luminary Olive Senior, well-known UK-based authors such as Matt Thorne, Sophie Woolley and Adam Thorpe; award-winning travel writer Justin Hill, hip hop journalist Michael Gonzales and Next Gen poet and short story writer Catherine Smith. There is a huge variety of individual voices, but what unites all the writers is a passionate commitment to telling stories and exploiting the possibilities of the short story form.
The Tell-Tales collective was founded by the novelist and short-story writer Courttia Newland and the writer and literary activist Nii Parkes of Flipped Eye Press in 2003.