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`Short story making a comeback' says local author

Lisburn author David Lewis with his 'Short Stories'.

Lisburn author David Lewis with his 'Short Stories'.

LISBURN author David Lewis has been chosen as one of three authors to contribute to a new book of short stories, 'Short Story Introduction l', produced by Lagan Press.

David contributed four stories to the collection -'Mallemuck', 'Whale', 'Twitching' and 'Hopboy'.

Born in Lisburn in 1974, David went on to study Bisochemistry & Genetics at the University of Nottingham before taking up creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

David is no stranger to the written word. A former newspaper reporter, he is director of, Northern Ireland's leading arts and cultral website.

He also won the prestigious David Byrnes Irish Writing Award in 2004 and was one of eight unpublished writers to be selected for a week-long workshop at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre with renowned author Toby Litt.

"The short story is making a comeback," said David, "with readers realising what an exciting medium it can be.

"A short story can be a slap in the face, a slow seductive kiss, a memorable elegy, a thrilling blood rush - but they are all moments of escape in our increasingly fractured and chaotic lives.

"I like to take my characters to the edges of human experience and see what they do," he added.

Readings from 'Short Story Introductions l' will be held at the Black Box Theatre in Belfast on Tuesday October 16 from 7.30pm.

Priced at 7.99, 'Short Story Introductions 1' is available at all good bookshops and available online from

Ulster Star