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Spring2021

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The Area Manager

Tom Jenks

A slow day at the office and biscuits in cling film, waiting endlessly for the area manager to arrive.

Inspiration can strike from the most mundane of places and events. This week Tom Jenks tells us a short story inspired by office life and politics. 

Has the daily grind left you with a short story to tell? Tom Jenks says:

“Flash fiction is about leaving things out, about not explaining everything exhaustively and instead leaving space where things can be imagined. Be ruthless, even if this means losing a bit you really like and are sure confirms your genius. You can always use it somewhere else,such as a birthday card, a shopping list, or a letter to your solicitor, depending on the circumstances.”

This season of Flash Fiction Shorts is delivered in partnership between Spot On and Lancashire Libraries Reading Friends. Lancashire libraries are working with The Reading Agency to deliver a programme called Reading Friends. This is a nationwide programme developed by The Reading Agency and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme is delivered in partnership with organisations across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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