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The Waterloo Collection

An Anthology of Short Stories

Introduction to the collection by Myfanwy Cook

The objective of this book is to raise additional funds for the Hougoumont restoration project. The short stories, poem and the artwork for the cover have kindly been contributed without any payment in support of the restoration project. The stories are a selection of those submitted to the adult and young writers’ Tavistock Music and Arts Festival Waterloo Short Story competition.

The results of this competition were announced by Professor Richard Holmes on Saturday, 23rd April 2011, during the festival.

The brief for the competition was a challenging one. The adult category had a word limit of 1,500 words and the young writers only 800 words. The judges have marked the competition according to various criteria including factual accuracy, ability to create a sense of time and place and to write an engrossing story with interesting and believable characters. They have already commented on the high standard of the stories and the amazing amount of research and care which the contributors have taken to provide accurate detailed information and to convey this in an interesting and informative manner. The styles and themes chosen vary, but are all engaging and demonstrate a keen awareness of the events that took place in the lead up to and during the battle of Waterloo on the 18th of June, 1815 in which c.47,000 men died.

One poem is included to divide the adult and young writer sections of this anthology. This is because although we had had entries from Germany, Waterloo in Belgium and even the Isle of Man we had no French entries. In order to represent all sides we selected a poem that had been sent to the competition organisers. We picked a poem to represent the French side, because the well-known French writer Victor Hugo had summed up his feelings about the battle in his poem L'Expiation in the collection Châtiments in which he sums up the battle effectively with one word: ‘carnage’.

The anthology opens with a contribution from the novelist Jane Jackson whose novel Heart of Stone has been recently shortlisted for a prestigious RNA award. It contains 44 adult stories, five junior stories and one poem.

208 pages, softbound, 170 x 245mm.

ISBN: 978-0-9567654-2-0    Recommended UK Price: £11.99

To order a copy of this book, please contact Robert Oxborough or Neil Jory at robert@gacuk.co.uk