Neil Campbell (a published student)
Short stories
March 2007
Salt Publishing

About the publication

With both economy and compassion, Neil Campbell creates lyrical visions of loss and confinement. Children, teenagers, parents, single men and women all feature in unflinching depictions of ordinary people coping with the difficulties of everyday life. In stories filled with both poetry and humour, he reveals how moments from both the past and the present can affect our lives forever. From Manchester to Magaluf, Campbell shows lives defined by work and circumstances. The lives of factory workers, labourers, drinkers, musicians, hikers, artists and sportsmen are all revealed in pared–down stories of tact and precision that have a haunting authenticity.


Of the many people writing to keep the short story alive, Neil Campbell is doing so simply by writing excellent stories. His fiction makes us see things anew, like a page refresh of the world around us.

Nicholas Royle

The collection works in a strange, cumulative fashion to draw the reader into Neil Campbell’s chosen world … read it because it is an excellent first collection.

Zoe King, Cadenza