The latest of my #5MinuteStories is available now in the latest edition of the Fairy Tale Review. It’s called The Feather Dress, and it’s based on an old Chinese tale about a man’s strange obsession and a woman’s transformation.
It’s a strange story of heartbreak, hope, and whether our hopes might grow wings. You can find it in the Translucent issue, along with many other fantastic stories, here.
Do you ever get the feeling that there is nothing new in the world? Are we all just doing the same things that have been done many times before?
This week’s #5minutestories is about how our lives echo across history. It’s about origami prayers, Hong Kong moviestars, and warring emperors, but most of all it is about the overlap between the past and the future.
You can download the podcast or listen to the audio version here:
Or read the illustrated digital story below:
Is there anything original left – or has everything already been done before?
Do you have a head for numbers or do they multiply your problems? This week’s story is about ants, stolen skeletons, the numerical beliefs of Hasidic Jews and the mysterious disappearance of the Neanderthals.
This is a story about how we try to make sense of the world with numbers, but how they only seem to lead us round in circles.
As ever, you can download the podcast or listen here:
And read the illustrated digital version right here:
We’ve all met people who don’t seem to care about anything else except themselves. But is is possible to care too much?
This week’s #5MinuteStories is about those people who only seem to say what they think you want to hear. We’ve all met one – someone a little too eager to please. And so this story explores whether it’s possible to have too much empathy.
You can listen below or download the podcast here.
Have you ever wondered what might be hiding in the dark? Are there some limits to human knowledge that we can never bridge?
This week’s free story is about how far we might see. It’s also about those strange and majestic creatures that rule the ocean: whales. From the legends of the earliest books, to the use of whale oil in the First World War, to the unexplained appearance of one of these mighty beasts in a field in Yorkshire recently, whales are everywhere.
This is another of my #5MinuteStories (alright, I lied – it’s actually 4 minutes 59 seconds) which is the perfect length for a coffee break, a long queue or a short walk. Once again, the choice is yours: you can listen to the audio versionby clicking below (or subscribe to the podcast).
Or you can click-through the illustrated digital story here (apologies for the fact this is hard to do on mobiles or tablets without the free Prezi app – I’m hoping to solve some of these issues soon!)
Welcome to the first of my #5MinuteStories. These are the shortest of short stories to experience on a busy commute, or while stuck in a waiting room. They are the perfect length to be enjoyed on a coffee break, or with a cup of tea (biscuits are optional but certainly recommended). They will entertain you, and always leave you with something to ponder.
This first story is called ‘Parrot’, and it asks a question most of us have wondered at one time or another: if someone says “I love you”, do you have to say it back?
There are two ways to experience these stories. You can click below to start the audio version (or download the podcast to listen to later).
Or you can enjoy the click-through illustrated story in the Prezi below (or you can download this to your phone, tablet or laptop to take with you, though you may need the free Prezi app to help view this on some phones and tablets).
I will post a new story every Tuesday, all available to download for free (for a limited time). Let me know what you think.
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