SHORT STORIES AND COLLECTIONS

Courttia’s anthologised short stories include:

DISCO 2000 (SCEPTRE)
PIECE OF MY MIND – Set on New Years Eve 1999, the inhabitants of Greenside Estate find varying ways to celebrate the millennium, with a cast that includes Orin, Little Stacey and a new character, Nemo, Greenside’s resident graffiti artist.

VINTAGE NEW WRITING 8 (VINTAGE)
COMPLEXION… – Light-skinned student Paul recounts his college experiences, which details how race and complexion can sometimes cause more problems than anybody would expect.

 

AFROBEAT (PULP FACTION)
THE GREAT WHITE HATE – Marcus Hill encounters that bane of English society – the racist thug – and the result of their meeting is a violent, surprisingly thought-provoking moral tale. 

RITES OF SPRING, NEW LONDON WRITING (FOURTH ESTATE)
HIS HEALING HANDS – An urban faith healer finds that life goes on, no matter what changes time brings him.

PLAYING SYDNEY POITIER… (SAKS PUBLICATIONS)
A HARD CROSSING TO BEAR – It’s 1958 and a young man finds his ex-fiancee has made the same Atlantic crossing, from the West Indies to England, as he. What’s more her new boyfriend, his cousin, is with her. Will they make it to the shores of this new beginning?

THE TIME OUT BOOK OF LONDON SHORT STORIES (PENGUIN)
SUICIDE NOTE – A middle-aged man with an unhealthy taste for a teenage girl has decided that suicide is the only way to curb his sickening desires. When he finds that he can’t got through with this task, help comes in a mysterious, chilling way… 

ENGLAND CALLING (WEIDENFEILD&NICHOLSON)
SOUND OF THE DRUMS – Set sometime in the early ’90’s, a group of friends are making the most of the ‘rave era’, by joining a convoy of cars and heading for an open field somewhere on the M25. Calamity is unavoidable… 

VOICES FOR PEACE (SCRIBNER)
LEDBURY STREET – A young man recounts his experiences living on a multicultural street in the heart of London. Though he has fond memories of his younger years, his teenage recollections tell a story which finds his friends and neighbours far from tolerance…

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