Welcome to the fourth issue of the NWS journal, marking our first full year of publication. So far we’ve welcomed stories on the themes of crime and secrets, and stories exploring a sense of place, which moved setting from a backdrop to a main element. This current issue also brings out into the open things that are neglected, overlooked, ignored – perhaps accidentally, perhaps for the best.
At heart, stories are about exploring the possible: the road not taken, the ‘what-if’… what might happen someday, or in our wildest dreams. They aim to make the impossible, the make-believe, seem like real possibilities.
The challenge given to writers for this volume was to break free of this paradigm and shun the possible or ‘ought-to-be’ in favour of the ‘never-will’ and ‘better-left-forgotten’. Instead of tales of what should happen, we asked for ones exploring what shouldn’t.
And then – with trepidation – we waited by our inbox. The stories we received more than met our expectations in the best possible way. From surreal workplaces to a touching friendship with a paving slab, from tests of courage deep in the exotic jungle to heart-rending loss in a bygone age, the pieces in this journal bear testimony to the fact that the best way to create the remarkable is by saying it can never happen.
Read ‘Never’ online now at http://issuu.com/nottinghamwritersstudio/docs/nwsjournal-0415-never-online