Volume Three

Volume Three: Grey Skies
Published 2nd July 2011.
Tom Barry’s Bar Barrack Street, Cork

A tale of distress and hope.

Current Custodian: Twenty Second Recipient: Jonathan Patrick Kenneally: Cobh, Co. Cork. 5th August 2014.



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Twenty First Recipient: Andrier Treson, London, England. 18th June 2014.

WHAT ANDRIER SAID: This short story had hugh impact on me, as it portrays a place in the mind that many of us have felt and experienced in our lives. The journey in it, from the devastated mind state to the strengthened mind state ,is much more then a short story and Leytons unique creatively written word  is powerful. Thank you Leyton for including me in this. You are a child of the Universe. Stay on your own path.   Love Andrier Treson – Blowing kisses to the Universe and you xxxx



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Twentieth Recipient: Gerry Rushe, Cobh, Co. Cork: 21st March 2014.


Volume Three: Grey Skies is a story that needs to be read by everyone from the age of 12 and up. If every adolescent had a copy of it when puberty hits, I truly believe it could save lives. I’ve read it 5 times now and in that time 3 people I’ve known most of my adult life are no longer with us. Please cherish the words in the story!!


Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Nineteenth Recipient: Austin Collins, Drogheda, Ireland.

WHAT AUSTIN SAID:  Hi Stan/Leyton. I really enjoyed Grey Skies.  Very well written. A very important topic in today’s life, and with a happy ending.. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to find it and see to the future.

Again, congratulations and well done on a great story. All the best, Austin. Who’s next for this wonderful story ?




Eighteenth Recipient Ruairi De Barra, Cobh Co Cork. 12th August 2013.

WHAT RUAIRI SAID:  I loved Grey Skies. A really powerful read. I have loved all three One Short Story To Be Told stories I have read, but Grey Skys is, at the moment, my fav! But lets not tell the rest of them in case of jealousy. Thank you so much again for sharing your story with me, it’s a privilege. Cheers R.


Seventeenth Recipient Gordon Kinsella, Cobh Co Cork.29th January 2013

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra.



Thanks for letting me kidnap Volume Three: Grey Skies. If it was a library book I’d owe a fortune!

A great composition from Attens, and a very memorable tale indeed. Every sentence I read I related to the individual and the surroundings. For future readers, welcome to the all too familiar
shapes of the darkest days. If the Cork Exclaimer ever gets off the ground this will be it’s first book review.

A thousand thanks from Skellion Dragon, trapped on The Ethereal Plains.



Sixteenth Recipient: David Daly Cobh, Co Cork. 13th January 2013.


‘I read Volume Three (Grey Skies) from the start, and remember thinking how much it reminded me of Douglas Adams style. Then I got to the short story “Grey Skies” and was shocked by the stark contrast. For a first attempt at writing I must say it was fantastically well written and believable. I suppose there is a piece of that tale in us all. The rest of the book again picks you up and leaves a smile on your face. All the best Dad Avidly. (Seeing Dave adopt a superhero name to sign off just made his feedback even better)


Baby Leon with One Short Story To Be Told Volume Three (Grey Skies)Fifteenth Recipient: John ‘Shaky’ Kearney, Cobh, Co. Cork. 1st January 2012.

WHAT JOHN SAID. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. And this is definitely the case with John’s feedback. So I’ll let John’s explanation of the picture on the left do the talking.

Today (11 Jan 2013) saw a great event take place as “One Short Story To Be Told” Volume Three (Grey Skies) visited the maternity ward of the Rotunda hospital Dublin to meet all the newly borns. While there, it was read to Leon Kevin Piggott McCabe by his mother Danielle Mc Cabe, my niece & God daughter. It was the first story read to this child in his short life (he was born on 07/01/2013 @18.31hrs) and that is something that can never be taken away from him.

Imagine John thought One Short Story To Be Told was so special it deserved to be the first story every read to a child! Wow!


Fourteenth Recipient: Derek O’Sullivan, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland. 2nd November 2012.


Thirteenth Recipient: Cormac O Caoimh, Cork, Ireland. 14th October 2012.

WHAT CORMAC SAID: Having read Volume Three (Grey Skies) of One Short Story To Be Told I highly recommend you try get your hands on…I wont say “A copy” …I will say “The Copy” – because the wonderful thing about these books is that there is only one copy made of each Volume, and it is passed from person to person. On top of that…it is a great book too.

Thanks Ray Horgan for passing it on to me

And thanks leyton; I always thought One Short Story To Be Told was a fantastic idea…..and the book didn’t disappoint! Thank you very much. Very enjoyable


Twelfth Recipient: Ray Horgan, Togher, Cork. 3rd September 2012.



Great read, looking forward to reading more.




Eleventh Recipient Ray Coveney, Cork, 18th August 2012.


Ray Coveney cleverly borrowed from leyton’s love of mirror writing when providing his feedback. Unfortunately this blog doesn’t allow me to reproduce his words in mirror writing, so you’ll have to do with standard writing, and utilise your imagination to see it backwards, as Ray wrote it. It’s short and sweet, so your imagination won’t be overly taxed.

Dyslexic friendly. Nice Touch!


Tenth Recipient; William Crowley, Cork, Ireland. 12th July 2012.



Ninth Recipient: Jenny Franklin, Barrack Street, Cork. 3rd July 2012.


Grey Skies is a thought provoking tale with a happy outcome. Delighted to be part of the journey.

Jennifer Franklin



Eighth Recipient: Len O Donovan, Cork City, Ireland, 14th May 2012.


Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. A story that needed to be told and Thankfully it came out of the bin and onto print. Congrats & continued success.

“There is a light that never goes out”

Len O’Donovan’s (aka Elando Novon)


Seventh Recipient: Derek Chandley, Sth Douglas Rd, Cork, 20th April 2012.


To start, I was delighted to have received a second volume of “One Short Story To Be Told” ( I have previously read Volume Five – Full Circle). I thoroughly enjoyed Volume Three and I read it several times. Of the two volumes, I think I enjoyed Grey Skies that bit more. It is a harrowing read, given that the character involved is in utter despair. However, I can say with absolute certainty that the author has captured this despair with an ease and eloquence that requires some degree of skill. So full marks to the author! In conclusion, I’m looking forward to reading the other volumes and keep up the good work!


Sixth Recipient: Colette O Donoghue, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork. 17th March 2012.

WHAT COLETTE SAID: To hear that Grey Skies was kept waiting to be heard (in a bin no less) for such a long time is truly a sad thought. Although it is a very sad story, I found myself captivated by it…what would happen in the end…so much so that I was disappointed when I found myself at the last page. Such a lovely, touching story. One of your best Leyton.


Fifth Recipient: Astrid Walsh (Kerstin’s twin), Bandon, Co Cork, 24th February 2012

WHAT ASTRID SAID: Grey skies has left a blustery happy sad place in my heart. My cheeks are so cold it makes me feel alive! This is a precious story nestled within a crazy adventure. I am so glad it got to accompany me in my rucksack through the journey of life for a moment and that it is now whirling off with someone else. Good luck little grey skies, I hope you brought your wine gums!



Fourth Recipient: Kerstin Walsh, Lower Road, Cork. 2nd February 2012.


I’ll remind you at the outset that Kerstin’s first reaction to reading Volume Three was to tell leyton she felt he was ‘Some sort of fantastical, crazy genius.’ And while it is hard to top that comment, she has made a mean effort with these comments!

Is leyton attens allowing this story to come out or is it the other way around?

I love this story, the map, the thanks, the pictures. I would also like to say I dont have a camera at the moment but you can see the book in a different virtual location here:

Also I was so happy I captured this golden ticket. It really feels like an honour! Anyone can go to Hogwarts or into The Wardrobe but how many people are going to hear about Jane Plain? How do I get to go? leyton, some day soon you must launch “One Very Long Story To Be Told”. I’m waiting. Bon Voyage Grey Skies! Kerstin and Isha Leni


Third Recipient; Dante Griffin, Blackrock, Cork, 11 November 2011








Second Recipient: Marius Griffin, Blackrock, Cork,

2nd Sept 2011

WHAT MARIUS SAID: I am a slow reader, so apologies for the delay in passing it on.

But the book visited lots of places with me, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks leyton!


First Recipient: Nuala MacGrath, Blarney, Co Cork. 2nd July 2011

What NUALA said:

Thank you so much leyton for this wonderful book. I was honoured to be the first recipient, and reader, of Grey Skies.

As Nuala was so generous with her camera during the time she spent with Grey Skies we have inserted a gallery of images. From left to right. Nuala and Grey Skies at the Brook Lodge Hotel in Wicklow; Volume Three at the Supper Club Project in Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock , Dublin (after some amazing food cooked by Sandy and John and much wine);  Grey Skies being read by Nuala in bed.


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.

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