A new anthology featuring the best writing about trees, woods, and forests is to be published this autumn. It’s a huge honour to see one of my short stories featured alongside those from notable writers from around the world.

Everyman: Stories of Trees, Woods, and the Forest

Stories of Trees, Woods, and the Forest

Edited by Fiona Stafford
496 Pages | ISBN 9781841596310
Everyman’s Pocket Classics

Authors featured include Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Washington Irving, Stella Gibbons, Angela Carter, and Jean Giono. My story is The Man Who Harvested Trees (And Gifted Life), taken from my first collection Tall Trees Short Stories Vol20. It sits alongside The Apple Tree, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Tale, The Shades of Spring, Cold Comfort Farm, The Transformation of Daphne, Maid Marian, The Company of Wolves, and Under the Banyan Tree, to name a few of the wonderful short stories and extracts in this collection.

In her preface, editor Fiona Stafford draws upon the multiplicity of trees and our experiences of them in hedgerows, fields, around waterways, and woodlands, and compares these with the diversity of literary fiction and how the writer finds inspiration from the beauty, utility, nature, mystery, and history of trees. She sensibly suggests that the reader can take the stories outside to read under a tree!

The life of a tree, so intertwined with the life of human-kind, at once counterpart and counterbalance, offers vital connections and contrasts to earlier selves and selves to come.

Fiona Stafford: Preface, Stories of Trees, Woods, and The Forest.

See also: gabrielhemery.com/portfolio/tree-stories

The book is officially published in October but is available to pre-order now.

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