The Trouble With Flying
The collection is made up of twenty four stories selected from the Margaret River Short Story Competition. Self-described ‘fledgling’ writer from Sydney, Ruth Wyer, is the winner of this year’s competition for her story, The Trouble with Flying. The second prize story, Dying, is by accomplished Western Australia short story writer, Bindy Pritchard. Highly Commended entries are from: […]
Margaret River Press
About the Book
The collection is made up of twenty four stories selected from the Margaret River Short Story Competition.
Self-described ‘fledgling’ writer from Sydney, Ruth Wyer, is the winner of this year’s competition for her story, The Trouble with Flying. The second prize story, Dying, is by accomplished Western Australia short story writer, Bindy Pritchard. Highly Commended entries are from: Cassie Hamer (The Life in her Hands); Isabelle Li (Red Saffron); Susan McCreery (Now, Voyager); Francesca Sasnaitis (Summerlands) and Mark Smith (Butcher’s Creek). The South West Prize for the best story from a South West resident is awarded to Rachelle Rechichi for her story My House. Stories highly commended in this section are by Leanne Browning (Woman on a Wire) and Leslie Thiele (Catching Trains to Frankston).
There is a strong sense throughout this collection of stories of characters playing their parts—sometimes on a large stage, but more frequently in a single room, or its equivalent. Stories about characters controlling their destinies are in the minority. If one could generalise about a connection between social issues and literary works, then it would seem that there is a prevailing concern out there with the fragility of relationships between men and women (especially those of middle age), the often challenging relationships between parents and children, and an anxiety about the realities of old age.
Reviews and Press
“These stories, the best of the 2014 Margaret River Short Story Competition, are beautiful illimations. They deal in moments of clarity, desperation, respite, decision and grace. They deal in many voices. Some of them are healong and furious; otherare are tender and circumspect.” – Fiona McFarlane, author.
“There are many forms of trouble in this collection: the trouble with children, the trouble with parents and the elderly, the trouble with the bush and the city, the trouble with love, sex, sickness and death. Most of the writers here have found fresh angles on their chosen themes, while others take us off on strange and new paths. What they all have in common is accomplished writing that engages and interests.” – Helen Richardson, bookwoods.com.au
“This was the third year of the Western Australia Margaret River Story Competition; 24 stories were chosen from 218 entries from all over Australia and one from New Zealand for the collection. Most stories focus on character, combined with social issues, making this an engaging and an insightful read. Themes such as new motherhood, love relationships, marital breakdown, ageing, and facing death can be classified within an overall category of Life Stages. Eccentric characters feature also, like the young woman in the winning entry “The Trouble with Flying”, who will never make it through TAFE studies.” – Anne Skyvington, author
“Not surprisingly, the collection encompasses many concerns currently facing Australians, with issues like ageing, cancer and fire appearing in several stories. Indigenous issues and our multicultural make-up also appear, albeit way less frequently, reflecting I’m guessing the backgrounds of the writers.” – Whispering Gums, book blogger
“I enjoy short story collections. You might not love all the stories but there are usually some that resonate. And there’s lots to love in this collection. I even enjoyed the introduction (quite out of character for me) by Richard Rossiter and Susan Midalia.” – Karenlee Thompson, author