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Foreign Encounters

I’m delighted to be involved with Writers Abroad again, this time contributing a non-fiction story, The Longest Night, to their new anthology, Foreign Encounters.

The book came out on 24th October 2012 and is available from

An encounter can be a chance meeting, a planned get-together or even a confrontation.

This collection of stories, non-fiction articles and poems features a variety of foreign encounters: with family, friends, lovers, animals, cultures, or just with one’s own prejudices and preconceptions.

Foreign Encounters is the third anthology published by Writers Abroad, an online group of ex-pat writers.  All the contributors are, or have been, ex-pats living in places around the globe.

Author Julia Gregson, a former ex-pat whose bestselling novel East of the Sun won the Prince Maurice Prize for romantic fiction, has written the foreword.

Following a call for submissions, Writers Abroad received 231 contributions of which they selected 95 for the anthology. They include 16 poems, 38 short stories and 41 non-fiction articles.

Since Writers Abroad is a virtual writers’ group, all the work to produce Foreign Encounters has been done online.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Books Abroad, a charity which coordinates the donation of free books for schools throughout the world, believing that education is a crucial aspect of human progress.

The charity celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has supplied over 1,600 schools with desperately-needed books.

Foreign Encounters is available from Lulu at,  price €9.99 (approximately £8.00)

To find out more and for a complete list of contributions and authors, please go to the Writers Abroad website,

For more about Books Abroad, see

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