Dec 21, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told: Friday Forum (62)

Here at One Short Story To Be Told we are looking forward to the third Christmas since our birth in October 2010. And we hope you, too, are anticipating a jolly festive season, especially since you have been so kind to One Short Story To Be Told throughout this year.

And I’m delighted to announce that one man who has followed the One Short Story To Be Told adventure avidly this year, Mr John (Shaky) Kearney, has been given a great Christmas present. He, by way of this nine word sentence – ‘We read to know that we are not alone.’ – has been chosen by Derek O’ Sullivan as the next in line for Volume Three (Grey Skies). John is, due to work commitments, out of touch at the moment, but I am hopeful that we will be able to relate the good news to him before 25th December.

Commiserations to the other entrants. Maybe your time will come soon. Actually, before I leave this subject, I’d like to say I thought all entries were wonderful, and I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decision.  And, as a taster for those of you wondering how hard Derek’s decision was, here a few samples of the quality of entry (names not included). Joy to be beheld if it lands with me. Tickets check, passport check, reading material? Volume three please. Pick me or ill get out the voodoo doll. Send me grey skies to brighten up my year. A welcoming hearth awaits a tired traveller at Christmas! A visit to Deise will turn Grey Skies blue!

Meanwhile Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is hoping to be in a new home for Christmas. It depends, however, on Andy Mackin and Tony Reddin managing to arrange the handover. And, as Paddy O’ Shea did not manage to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to a new owner in Brussels last week, we now know the homes in which our other volumes will reside for Christmas 2012. There as follows.

Volume Two (Wink) will be with Leonard O’ Donovan. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will enjoy the holiday season in Perth, Australia, where it arrived last Tuesday. Dave Allen, whose home ‘Sleepyhead’ will help decorate, is looking forward to the experience. Volume Six (Home) will be Cobh, Co. Cork, where Adrain Hickey and his family will play host.

I’d imagine all will ring in the new year in these locations, too. But, as decisions regarding when and where my tales go lye completely with the current custodians, I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened before then. If anything does happen I’ll let you know next Friday, when Christmas will (sadly) be over, and we’ll all be staring 2013 in the face.

Finally, Leyton and I visited one of One Short Story To Be Told’s biggest fans during the week. Anna O’ Donovan is a little under the weather at the moment and we were delighted to bring a little cheer to her on Wednesday afternoon. And what fun we had! Laughter and more laughter were the order of the day. And we got to meet the wonderful Katie- Hanna Grafton, Marie McCarthy and Ka Butler as well. Thanks to all for a great afternoon, and the lovely pics below.

Have a great festive season guys, and thanks you for all the support, interaction and kind words over the past twelve months. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here. Or email us at

Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go to, or you can use if you prefer.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through

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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?
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