This bold and striking new anthology showcases Cornwall’s finest contemporary writers, combining established and new voices. Ghosts walk in the open and infidelities are conducted in plain sight. Two teenagers walk along a perfect beach in the anticipation of a first kiss. Time stops for nothing—not even for death. Sometimes time cracks, disrupting a fragile equilibrium.

The stories are peopled with locals and incomers, sailors and land dwellers; a diver searches the deep for what she has lost, and forbidden lovers meet in secret places. Throughout, the writers’ words reveal a love of the incomparable Cornish landscape.


The Writers

Philipa Aldous

Cathy Galvin

Anastasia Gammon

Tim Hannigan

Clare Howdle

Adrian Markle

Tim Martindale


Candy Neubert

Felicity Notley

Sarah Perry

S. Reid

Alan Robinson

Rob Magnuson Smith

Katherine Stansfield


Emma Staughton

Sarah Thomas

Emma Timpany

Tom Vowler

Elaine Ruth White

More information about all the contributors can be found here.

'Each and every voice here is vivid, vital and insistent.'  

Literature Works book review. Read the full review here.

'The book closes with the soft tread of our ancestors crossing the Tamar River for the first time ...'

Created to Read book review by Rachel Carney.

The Book Cover


Vita Sleigh

The book cover for Cornish Short Stories was designed by illustrator Vita Sleigh.

Vita supports animal rights and recently exhibited at an art exhibition at Paintworks in Bristol called The Liberation Arts Festival.

The Woodcut Illustrations

'Domestics' © Angela Annesley
'Sailors' Knots' © Angela Annesley
'Enchantment' © Angela Annesley

Angela Annesley

Angela works as a printmaker in her dedicated studios Ravenstongue near Land's End. 

Limited edition woodcut prints from Cornish Short Stories can be can be found here, as well as her other artwork. Angela and her sister Sarah Thomas have collaborated on illustrated books.

'Heart of the Storm' © Angela Annesley