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Postcard Stories 2

Postcard Stories 2


Postcard Stories 2 is a collection of short stories by Belfast author Jan Carson. With illustrations by Benjamin Phillips.

“She only knew two songs about leaving, neither of which seemed appropriate. They had already given him cake, and a gift token for B&Q which he’d asked for specifically (seeing as he’d have plenty of time now for the garden). She’d signed the card: once for herself and once, with her left hand, for Martin in accounts who was in Tenerife this week with his wife. Still, she wanted to give him some-thing special to remember her by now that he was actually leaving. At last she settled upon the Sellotape dispenser, because it was the only thing they’d held consistently in common these last seven years. She gave it to him wrapped in last quarter’s financial report. She felt warm inside like a martyred saint. She would miss him now, every time she went next door for a length of tape.”

Pages: 80 / Stories: 58 / Illustrations: 6

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Paperback ISBN 978-1-912915-58-3

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9781912915583 Categories: , , Tags: , ,

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears (Liberties Press, 2014), and short story collection, Children’s Children (Liberties Press, 2016), as well as two micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories 1 and 2 (Emma Press, 2017 and 2020). Her novel The Fire Starters was published by Doubleday in 2019 and won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland the same year. In 2018 she was the inaugural Translink/Irish Rail Roaming Writer in Residence on the Trains of Ireland.


In 2015, suffering from a dreadful case of writer’s block, novelist and short story writer Jan Carson set herself the challenge of spending an entire year writing short pieces of microfiction on postcards and mailing these to friends around the world. When 2016 ended, she found it impossible to stop writing postcard stories. The stories in this collection represent the best of some five hundred postcard stories Jan has written since.

‘Carson’s micro-fiction is a delight.’Books Ireland

Postcard Stories 2 enters a world bruised by confinement, restriction, and the consciousness of frailty… Carson’s paring down of prose writing has allowed her to dial up her ambition.’Totally Dublin

Listen to an interview with Jan in the Belfast Telegraph Coronavirus podcast.

Illustrator bio: Benjamin Phillips is an artist and illustrator based in Hastings. From his studio by the sea he creates ceramics, paintings and illustrative work. Benjamin enjoys drawing, dogs and a cold beverage. Sometimes all at the same time.

Watch Jan read from Postcard Stories, the first pamphlet in the series:

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × 19.7 cm

Print, eBook

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