Bringing literature to unexpected places
Our delightful vending machines with a difference are back Canary Wharf, and, to ensure we keep you all as safe as possible, they’ve had a little makeover. Our buttons have been replaced with touch-free sensors, so you won’t even need to touch the station to print out your story. As always, our stories are printed on eco-friendly paper which is FSC certified and BPA free
In April we invited people to enter our Short Story Competition by entering a fictional short story about ‘Life in Lockdown’. We received hundreds of insightful, witty and engaging stories and poems and to celebrate the return of our stations, you’ll find them stocked with the winners’ stories.
There were multiple judging rounds, with the final stories picked by Time Out’s Deputy Editor Chris Waywell. Our winning stories were full of plot twists and dark humour touching on a diverse range of topics from mental health to the innermost thoughts of a packet of yeast. They certainly made us all look at lockdown through a new lens!
Winner: Where the Rats Can’t Get Me by Kath Whiting
Runners Up: Curtain-Twitcher by R. L Shanon, Behind Closed Doors by Meshiel Brown, Eggshells by Jessie Randall, Background by Sadie Maskery, Time to Grow by Amber Dacres, The Last Resort by Hazel Burgess, The Anniversary – A Cautionary Tale in Time of Lockdown by Chris Parkinson, Time to Rise by Katie Hardy and Time Passed by Claire Brown.