Short story

I Live Here Now: a short story by Ian Rankin

19 December 2020 9:00 am

A short story. Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

The King of Christmas: A short story by Owen Matthews

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The Christmas King steps slowly from his house and sniffs the evening’s chill. His tread is dainty, for all his…

A Halloween short story: by The Woman in Black’s Susan Hill

26 October 2019 9:00 am

‘This is a true story…’ Right. Only this time, it really is. There are no wails, whistling winds or taps…

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

The boy who dreams: A Christmas short story by Susan Hill

15 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Wake up, boy! Wake up…’ My father was shaking me and I was confused because it seemed that I had…

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

Mrs Badgery

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Wilkie Collins’s ‘Mrs Badgery’, rarely seen since its first publication in Dickens’s Household Words magazine in September 1857, is an…

National Poetry Day's mistake: letting normal people do the reading

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Imagine what Brennig Davies must have felt like just before 11 o’clock last Tuesday evening. The 15-year-old was about to…

Samuel Beckett in Paris in the 1970s

A Beckett fagend rescued from a bin

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Spectator readers of my vintage will remember their first encounter with Beckett as vividly as their first lover’s kiss. For…