“The stories in Overheard cast a powerful spell. They take us into worlds that are as intimate as they are universal; as timeless as they are timely. Whether spoken, shouted, sung or murmured, here are stories that compel us to sit up and listen” (Alison MacLeod).

Winner of the Saboteur Award 2013 for Best Fiction Anthology.

Recommended anthology for National Short Story Week 2012.

As featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

From village storytellers to nineteenth-century serialisations, from pub anecdotes to dramatic monologues, storytelling is an enduring and ever-popular art form. This collection of stories reconnects storytelling with its oral roots — each story is designed to be read aloud. It includes work by some of today’s most influential story-tellers, including Louis De Bernières, Blake Morrison, Kate Pullinger, Adele Parks, Michelene Wandor, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, and over 30 others.

You can see more details about Overheard, and order it on Salt’s website here.

Here is the full list of contributors to Overheard: Judith Allnatt, Jo Baker, Claire Baldwin, David Belbin, Kathleen Bell, Will Buckingham, P. J. Carnehan, Ailsa Cox, Katy Darby, Louis De Bernières, Vanessa Gebbie, Denise Hayes, Tania Hershman, Jane Holland, Panos Karnezis, Hanif Kureishi, Joel Lane, Emma J. Lannie, Ian McEwan, Blake Morrison, Adele Parks, Simon Perril, Alexandros Plasatis, Kate Pullinger, Adam Roberts, Catherine Rogers, Lee Rourke, Salman Rushdie, Gemma Seltzer, Robert Shearman, Felicity Skelton, Karen Stevens, Maria Taylor, Sara-Mae Tuson, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Michelene Wandor, Aimee Wilkinson – and myself.

Some reviews of Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud:

“As with all good stories, these are ones you’ll want to share” (Ian Skillicorn, founder of National Short Story Week and Short Story Radio).

“A fantastic collection” (Alexa Radcliffe-Hart). Also named as a “Must Read” for 2012-13 by Alexa Radcliffe-Hart on her blog Services to Literature.

Overheard offers a punchy read, with a lot of short, sharp stories from some writers who’re on top of their game …. With such a strong line-up of writers assembled, a mix of well-known and less-well-known names, Taylor presents a quality anthology” (Richard T. Watson, Sabotage Reviews).

“Capturing the essence of modern prose writing, this … compilation … takes the reader on a different … journey …. Experience the joy of the spoken word anew!” (Kent Life and The Villager Magazine).