Adrian Slatcher writes poetry, fiction and criticism, and lives in Manchester.
The writer Jonathan Gibbs runs a weekly newsletter/blogpost which has given me much joy in these strange times. Simply put, he asks a writer, critic or similar to put together A Personal Anthology of 12 stories – a desert island read if you like. Not all of the stories are online of course, but I’ve often found that I’ve got some of the selections in my collection somewhere, and its been great to hunt them down.
I’m very pleased to have been invited to select my own personal anthology this week. 12 stories – many of them old favourites of mine, but the latest is from 2020 – and with a little bit about how I came across them or what I like about the story. What was pleasing was re-reading, and finding that they all stood up to this renewed scrutiny. So its been a lovely couple of weeks compiling my list in between work and social things, and having finally caught Covid-19, just a few days before the list goes live, its something to look forward to this week.