Guest Writer Spot

This week’s Guest Writer, Martin Strike, is one who lives locally to me. He is a very talented writer. Not everyone can write humour, but as you’ll see, Martin certainly can. 

Before you read his story, here’s a little bit about him in his own words:

“My name is Martin Strike, and I am delighted to have been asked to appear as a guest on Esther’s marvellous site. I have been a hobbyist writer of short stories for about 3 years, mainly based on an alternative version of my adopted town, Newbury, where characters are often vindictive, skewed or bonkers.

“I have been shortlisted some 6-times in Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum, and the story below was declared runner-up in the 2017 To Hull and Back competition. I am yet to get a first prize, (I’m not always sure humourous stories are high up judges agendas), but feel my writing is improving, and that if I keep shaking that tree, a coconut may eventually drop. I like to write stories that have a strong sense of place, and make me laugh. I plan to self-publish a dozen of my stories in an anthology in time for next Christmas – so if you see me trying to flog them at a market-stall in Newbury come December please buy a copy – if not, you can read them on by blogs at or among other articles and book reviews on”.

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9 Responses to Guest Writer Spot

  1. fenlandphil says:

    Ace, I laughed out loud. Humour is a very underrated genre, a lot of my writing has humour, well it makes me laugh.

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  2. Pingback: My Guest Writer appearance on Esther Chilton’s Writer’s Blog – The Newbury Short Story Teller

  3. Glynis Smy says:

    🙂 Oh, well done for making me spit my coffee, brilliant humour.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jason Moody says:

    Cracking story. Liked this a lot! Newbury eh? Me and the missus often head that way for retail therapy and a Bills’.

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