The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies

In what I hope is becoming an annual tradition, we again welcomed the author of our Read Regional book choice to our meeting – this time Carys Davies, whose collection of short stories The Redemption of Galen Pike was a slender volume that packed a huge punch.

We haven’t looked at short stories before, and we were all so impressed and fascinated by the range and diversity of the stories, both in terms of setting (geographical and historical) and length – one of the most memorable and moving was a half-page paragraph.

We very much enjoyed learning more about how some of the stories came into being, and about the craft of short story writing.  Many of us came away with a much greater understanding of, and respect for them, so many thanks to Carys for joining us!

Next month’s book is Reginald Hill’s The Woodcutter, and we will also be voting on our books for September onwards – details will be posted on the right here after the meeting .




Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm until 9pm with reader in residence Cathy McCracken.

We meet in the Windsor Hotel on South Parade, Whitley Bay. Come into Reception and go through the double doors in front of you, then turn left and follow signs to the Conference Room.

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