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Publication Date: 21 Sep 2017
Publisher: Marylebone House
Page Count: 144
Author: Kenneth Steven
ISBN-13: 9781910674505, 9781910674512

Winter Tales

Selected Short Stories
By Kenneth Steven
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Elemental, timeless stories, set in Italy, Finland, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Scotland and America, reveal the impact the seasons can have on our inner being

Although each is complete in itself, these beautifully crafted tales contain recurring motifs so our understanding of one is enriched by the reading of others. The perspectives shift mesmerizingly as layer upon layer of human experience is uncovered. Ambiguity, mystery and spiritual searching abound, as the author meditates on many of the themes found in his highly acclaimed poetry: betrayal, lostness, bullying, the miraculous, faith and the power of love.
About the Author
Kenneth Steven is one of Scotland’s leading poets and several of his collections have been published to date, including Evensong, Coracle and Letting in the Light. He also writes novels and illustrated stories for adults – Glen Lyon and The Well of the North Wind – and children: his The Dog’s Nose (published in Norwegian, English and French) won the Norwegian Government’s Award for Picture Books. Kenneth promotes creativity within primary and secondary schools, and teaches adult writers’ groups.
Press Reviews

Steven is adept at elevating the everyday, and weaving into the apparently ordinary the grace of the eternal . . . Overall these are finely crafted stories, often with subtle Christian inflection, and quiet agendas. “All the Russian greats” would welcome Steven’s company.

- Martyn Halsall

[On The Well of the North Wind] An emotionally sensitive, refreshingly honest book [that] brings a little known period of British history vividly to life

- Brightest Day

This is a beautiful and captivating story set amidst holiness and wonder, moss and heather. If you are a bit of a romantic, into spirituality, are a creative sort, or just fancy something a bit different, then this book is for you!

- Apples of Gold

This is true prose poetry and it took me almost as long to read as a full length novel, it is so dense and poetic. Kenneth Steven has a genius for the perfect phrase – there is absolutely no fat on this story’s bones, every single word serves a purpose and each is perfect in its place.

- 5* review on goodreads

If you loved and were inspired by The Shack, then expect the same feelings from The Well of the North Wind. With poignant lines such as “‘When do you find God?’ He whispered ‘when in doubt?’ The answer came back at once, as fast as an echo ‘in the small things. In the voice of a child, in the curl of an otter, in the single moment of light on a day in the storm’” it is difficult not to feel moved.


[On Letting in the Light] A gentle light from an unseen source pours into the distilling simplicity of these poems

- Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral

[On Evensong] This collection of poems by Kenneth Steven is stunning. There is a grave beauty in these lines, revealing a poetic voice of great sensitivity. These poems are, quite simply, wonderful.

- Alexander McCall Smith

Enjoying [Kenneth Steven’s Columba Poems] intensely – style and subject.

- Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate 1984-98

each topic is dealt with so delicately that it perfectly fits in with the flow of the book

- The Bookbag

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