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Nov 28, 2011
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This little note arrived from Ivan Bevan the current owner of Volume Two just now. I have to say that it warmed my heart and filled my soul!

Wink has blown me away. I moved so smoothly through the pages that I had to go back over to check that I had really read that many pages. I have read thousands of books and this author is up there with the best. My 3 year old son Dylan saw a pic of Lleyton in the book and said: Daddy, I met him!! – he had met a version of Lleyton the same height as himself at the launch of volume four before Dylan was removed for firing around the stones which are out the back of Tom Barry’s. So Lleyton, your fans begin at a young age. I have had an illegal approach for Wink from a Toastmaster who should know better!!! Legal approaches welcome.


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ps I don’t know why leyton is spelt Lleyton either!

Nov 26, 2011
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Friday Forum (7)

At the end of a busy week I’m a day late posting the Friday Forum due to a day long commitment yesterday that refused to allow time and space for internet access. But the god news is that due to a quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front you’ve not missed (or waited for) anything extraordinary.

I had a brief chat with Ciaran Bermingham, the current owner of Volume One, on Wednesday and Ivan Bevan posted this short remark ‘I just got the “Wink” of the title role in Volume 2. The words just flow off the pages – excellent reading’ earlier today. And that is about it with regards to the four volumes currently out in the world. I suppose (and know) that I could be worried, but as I’ve said before, one must trust that whatever is happening in the world is what the Universe has provided.

The only other bit of news is that Cork Pollyanna became the 175th member of the facebook page.

So I’ll let you get back to doing whatever it is you do best (and waiting – or acting! – on a One Short Volume To Be Told volume to enter your life) with a reminder of who currently has each of our volumes in their possession.

Volume One: Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two: Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three: Dante Griffin.

Volume Four: Georgina Lynch


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Nov 21, 2011
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Thinking of Christmas Presents?

Hey folks if you’re thinking of Christmas presents at the moment why not consider a leyton attens t-shirt for that friend, family member or lover. Just let me know you’re size colour and whether it’s the profile shot or the Willy Wonka image of leyton you’d prefer. T’s are priced at €15 and we’ll cross the post and package/currency bridges if they arise. Email with details. Ta talk soon

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Nov 21, 2011
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Thank you and…

A big thank you to Liz, Willy, Paul, Barry, Paddy and Ann for their suggesting ways we can include people in this project. Your ideas are under active considerations. Anyone else who may have a suggestion please let me know. Here’s my original plea so you know what I’m talking about:
Hello all you One Short Stories To Be Told followers! I’m looking for some help! I’m trying to think of ways that you guys can feel more involved in this project. Obviously we have the books out there, and those who have held one of those volumes in their hands have felt a big connection. The t-shirts and bookmarks have also helped. But I’m aware that those who haven’t (yet!) held a book would like to have something tangible to hold onto. So any suggestions? Please send them on – I would love to hear them!

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Nov 18, 2011
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Friday Forum (6)

Gosh doesn’t time fly? It feels like just yesterday I was telling you that all four of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes were on the move – and yet it’s already a week ago! Of course this week has been busy following up on the proposed moves. That work has included contracts being drawn up, posted and (thank the Lord) returned, contacting new owners Ciaran Bermingham (Volume One) and Ivan Bevan (Volume Two), checking in with Marius Griffin who has passed Volume Three to her son Dante, and organising a photo shoot with Paul Allen before he passed Volume Four onto Georgina Lynch.

But the highlight of the week was actually meeting Georgina Lynch to pass Volume Four to her. This may surprise you but actually meeting any recipient, never mind a new one, is a rare enough experience for us these days. So it was a pleasure to be there when the baton, so to speak, was passed. And Georgina’s excitement on the occasion made it altogether more memorable. (Such a shame we didn’t think to photograph the event).

In the midst of all that we also welcomed three new members to the facebook page – welcome again Robyn, Ciara and Clare. Received (and posted) feedback from Paul Allen on Volume Four, were delighted to have Kerrie Collins contact us with her feedback on Volume One, and thrilled that both those sets of feedback were positive. Yes its been a good week.

And the position at the end of that week? Well it’s as follows.

Volume One: ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is still in the hands of John Martin. Ciaran has received, read (with great enjoyment) and returned his contract and has arranged to meet John tomorrow for the handover. A moment he ‘can’t wait for’

Volume Two: As reported on the day Ivan Bevan final got his hands on ‘Wink’ last Saturday. His contract has also landed in leyton’s lap. When we spoke to him today he was delighted to have ‘Wink’ in his home and has assigned some time over the weekend to give his very best attention to what he described as a ‘lovely item’

Volume Three: As Dante and Marius share the same home we assume that this handover went smoothly. Certainly ‘Grey Skies’ was delighted by Marius’s choice, and as our stories are the most important thing in this whole adventure that alone keeps our minds at ease.

Volume Four: As yesterday’s post and our earlier comments above indicated Sleepyhead was greeted by a very excited Georgina Lynch at approx 3.15 yesterday. Georgina was in touch briefly last night (with excitement still intact) and is looking forward to diving in.

Finally I would suggest that a week where all four books are in the hands of new owners is a very good time for anyone who wants to read one of our volumes to take an action. All begging letters, nudges in one’s own direction or simple requests are therefore welcomed. You can do any of the above through the blog, emailing, contacting us on facebook or writing to: leyton attens, grassy knoll 99, the ethereal plains, c/0 plunkett chambers, 21-23 oliver plunkett st, cork, ireland. We will ensure your message is passed on.

You could alternatively go directly to the current owners. Ciaran Bermingham, Ivan Bevan, Dante Griffin and Georgina Lynch all have  a facebook page and can therefore, thanks to the amazing world we live in, be contacted quite easily (if of course you use social networking)


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Nov 17, 2011
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Volume Four and an excited Georgina Lynch

A very excited Georgina Lynch took possession of Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told a little while ago (approx 3.15pm). A big thanks to Paul Allen for taking such good care of Sleepyhead. and we look forward to Georgina’s input! 88*googleplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Nov 12, 2011
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We are looking for ideas!

Hello all you One Short Stories To Be Told followers! I’m looking for some help! I’m trying to think of ways that you guys can feel more involved in this project. Obviously we have the books out there, and those who have held one of those volumes in their hands have felt a big connection. But I’m aware that those who haven’t (yet!) would like to have something tangible to hold onto. So any suggestions? Please send them on – I would love to hear them!

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Nov 11, 2011
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Friday Forum (5)

So we reach another Friday and number five in our travel log. And it’s been a busy week. Can I say a big thank you to Frank Hanover for inviting One Short Story To Be Told to be his guest on Words On Top last Tuesday. A great time was had by all. And the show garnered at least one new follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure – hello again Anne Byrne. We also welcomed Georgina Lynch, Liz Nicholnsan, Cian and Emmet Mackin and Mary Teresa McCarthy to the blog, email listing or facebook page this week. Hello to you all! We did lose one follower from FB but we’re not going to mention that.

As for our stories..well it’s been a productive week and a very busy Friday (as in today) because ALL of our volumes are on the move! Yes I said all!

Volume One is on the way to Ciaran Birmingham. John Martin had promised it to him before he took possession. We await feedback from John with bated breath.

Volume Two will be released from John Linehan’s clutches tomorrow morning. Ivan Bevan says he can’t wait to get his hands on it, and he can’t be blamed. John promised it to him on the 14th October – almost a month ago!

Volume Three – God but I love this – will be given to Dante Griffin. Dante is the teenage son of the current owner Marius and I suggested that Marius simply allow Dante to read VolumeThree and then officially pass it on to someone else. But – and this is the bit I LOVE – Dante was adamant he wanted to be officially involved because the idea is “Cool as Fuck”. Now I don’t know about you, but a compliment like that from a teenage boy means a whole God damn lot to me!

Finally Paul Allen has had a tough time deciding on the next (and second) recipient of our latest edition. I know he came close to making One Short Story To Be Told history along the way but an email directly to him from  Georgina Lynch swung the decision in her direction. Congratulations Georgina.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for news on a public outing for leyton next week. And get in touch with those new owners if you want to be next to read (and I know you do) a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

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Nov 5, 2011
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Friday Forum (4)

Yes I know it’s Saturday, but this is The Friday Forum (4). I was sooo busy yesterday I forgot I had this to do. Busy or not it’s been a good week – maybe even a great week – in the One Short Story To Be Told world. Brand new leyton attens T-Shirts have been delivered. John Martin, Paul Allen and Ivan Bevan, the current custodians of Volumes One, Two and Four have been in touch. And we’ve welcomed new members to the FB page as well. Oh and leyton has agreed to go out into the public domain again. More of that next week, but for now let’s update you on the four One Short story To Be Told volumes currently out in the world.

Volume One: John Martin eased our minds mid week by letting us know that ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is safe and sound. He and ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ are looking forward to a good read. In other news Maureen Collins, a previous owner of Volume One, posted an interesting photo on FB. you can see it here

Volume Two: Strange one this. Despite information to the contrary, and an announcement by One Short Story To Be Told, that Ivan Bevan had taken custody of ‘Wink’ it turns out that John Linehan has NOT, as yet, transferred possession to Ivan. We were stunned when we heard that, and immediately contacted ‘Wink’, only to find he is as happy as kitten suckling on it’s mother. Who could have known?

Volume Three: Marius Griffin is away at the moment so no news, unfortunately from her. ‘Grey Skies’ has been in touch but remained mysterious throughout the conversation. He is happy though.

Volume Four: Paul Allen has acted swiftly. He has read ‘Sleepyhead’ and all other content of Volume Four, been in touch three times, and is very close to a decision on the next owner. Phew! We love you Paul.

So that’s that for this week. Talk to you all soon.

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Nov 3, 2011
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T-shirts have landed!

Well guys the first of the T-shirts have been delivered. Paddy, Marie Louise (via Marc), William Crowley and a very excited Jenny are the first to hold their new apparel in their hands. arrangements for rest of the deliveries currently being made. 

Oh and while I have you a question? Has anyone ever been on a swing that had bubble bath chains and a blackcurrent jelly seat? Well leyton was today! Cool hey?

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What It’s All About

Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

But in this modern world stories find it increasingly difficult to be told. The age old practice of gathering around fires to relate tales of yore and now has all but disappeared. Magazines are increasingly fussy. Writers increasingly frustrated. They write the stories, try to find them a home, but are rejected time and time again. So the stories lie idle, their tiny hearts still beating, but drowned out in the chaos of the modern world.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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