Matthew Naqvi is a freelance writer and filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @MatthewNaqvi
Published March 13th 2013
Read some of Australia's best short stories today
Sleepers Publishing have celebrated their tenth anniversary with a terrific edition of their anthology, The Sleepers Almanac. This edition, The Sleepers Almanac no. 8, features many great short stories from local and international writers including Jonathan Griffiths, SJ Finn, Melanie Joosten and Eric Yosiaki Dando. Funny cartoons by Andrew Weldon are interspersed throughout the anthology and help lighten the mood and break up the text.
The Sleepers Almanac no. 8
The editors, Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn, have carefully chosen the touching tales that they felt best represented Sleepers Publishing. The Almanac is full of literary stories which heavily revolve around relationship and domestic issues being the main source of conflict. The stories are varied and well told, making the reader feel for the characters in such a small time.
My only grievance would be the lack of diversity in genre. A piece of genre or two thrown in would add a little edge to the anthology without affecting the publisher's vision of a literary dominated collection.
The highlights are aplenty given the depth of quality on display. 'Kid-free' by Eleanor Limprecht is a touching tale about a couple trying to get pregnant and the struggles they go through during these tough times. 'The Tart' by Jonathan Griffiths is interesting look at how easily paranoia can take a hold over people. Dieter Barkhoff's story 'Tess's Garden' is particularly bleak as the two protagonists allow their relationship to deteriorate and fall apart.
This anthology truly captures some of the great short stories by Australian writers. This is ideal for fans of Australian literature who want to sweep across many short stories rather than delve into a long novel. The collection also gives the reader's a look at the novelists of the future.
Grab a copy of Sleepers Almanac no 8 for some of the best short story writing Australia has to offer.