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First and Fiftieth and other stories
by Martin Foreman
"Sometimes you sit, watch the trains, the sunset, the rain. Sometimes you talk.
Tell your story if you've a mind to. Trouble is, memory changes things.
Things you want to forget. Things you want to remember that never happened.
Happens to everybody. Gets so, nobody's storys true. Not yours, not mine. But it's all we got."

Fifteen short stories comprising first person narratives spanning the globe from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, Africa to Nepal, London to Siberia. Men and women from teenagers to grandparents each speak in a distinctive voice and with intense emotion as love and sex, violence and humour, anger and pathos meet in this kaleidoscope of human comedy and tragedy. Four of the stories from this collection (Angel, Ben and Joe's, Los Feliz and Sunset were rewritten and produced as one-(wo)man plays.

Published by Paradise Press in 2002, copies are distributed by Arbery Books at the discounted price of £5.00.

ISBN 0-9525964-7-4       soft cover, 151pp        5.00

Angel  by Martin Foreman

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"each [story] contains a strong, distinctive and powerful voice, leading the collection as a whole to never be anything less than diverting"
Gay Times, April 2003
"a few stories will not suit every reader. ... But these are quibbles - more than compensated for by the moving or funny stories told in many voices and with style."
Gay Scotland, November 2002

Martin Foreman is the author of two novels, two short story collections and several plays, all available from Arbery Books. He is the winner of the 2012 London Solo Festival New Writing Award and the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award. In August 2018 he directed two of his plays - his adaptation of Ben Jonson's Jacobean comedy Volpone and a new one-act drama Casanova Dreaming - at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Martin was born in Dundee, went to school and university in Edinburgh and spent many years working and living in London and across the world. He has returned to live in Edinburgh and does not expect to move from the city again. For those who insist on categories, he is a British writer who happens to be gay and whose primary themes are love, loss and the intensity of emotions. As well as writing, he occasionally directs theatre and acts in short films.

writing website: martinforeman.com               theatre / film website: martinforeman.me.uk

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