A woman grows increasingly annoyed by her husband’s emails, offering advice and reminders even months after his death…

A taxidermist dreams of preserving one of his clients after she takes him out for a coffee…

A grieving nurse is troubled by her daughter’s fascination with The Iron Lady…

In Safely Gathered In, Sarah Schofield probes at the heart of what forms us and what we, in turn, form. The stories collected here expose the spaces that words often fail to reach and examine how objects – both manmade and natural – can reflect the darkest manifestations of grief and disconnection.

From the child acting out a family betrayal in the comfort of her dolls house, to the sister making wind-up toys from the dead birds she finds on her doorstep, this debut collection ventures into the surreal and delivers a sense of unease that leaves us questioning why we gather the things we do.

Join us at the launch of this exciting debut collection by local author Sarah Schofield, published by Comma Press.

Suitable for ages 14+
  • Book launch
Thu 18 Nov / 7.00pm
Ormskirk Library

Burscough Street, Ormskirk, L39 2EN

Box Office: Online or in the library

Tickets: This is a free event but we request you book a ticket so we can monitor numbers

Further Information

Sarah Schofield’s stories have been published in LemistryBio-PunkThought XBeta LifeSpindles, Conradology and The New Abject (all Comma Press), Wall: Nine Stories from Edge Hill Writers (EHUP), Best of British Short Stories 2020 (Salt), Spilling Ink Flash Fiction AnthologyBack and Beyond Arts Publication, Litfest’s The Language of Footprints, Synaesthesia Magazine, Lakeview International Journal, Woman’s Weekly and others. She has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the Guardian Travel Writing Competition and has won the Orange New Voices Prize, Writer’s Inc and The Calderdale Fiction Prize. Sarah is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University and runs writing courses and workshops in a variety of community settings.

Buy the book:

https://commapress.co.uk/books/safely-gathered-in/

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/safely-gathered-in/9781912697335

https://www.waterstones.com/book/safely-gathered-in/sarah-schofield/9781912697335