Contributing author Die Booth gives us her experience of the launch...
The book was the vision of Dr Ashley Chantler, a lecturer in English at Chester University. The event commenced at 7.45pm with a short presentation of a copy of the book to each of the attending contributors. Good to see so many people, both contributors and guests, in attendance; also great to see a few faces from the Chester University Creative Writing MA contributing to the book. In total, the book contains 55 short short stories from 43 writers both established and new.
The main part of the evening started with a fabulous presentation by Ashley covering the nature and history of flash fiction in its many guises. This was followed by readings of a selection of the stories in the book, by successful local writers Tony Cornish and Clare George amongst others, concluding with a reading by Chester University's Peter Blair. Afterwards was plenty of opportunity to have a chat with fellow guests - as was pointed out, "it's a free event in the Chester Literature Festival and you still get complimentary wine!"
Die's contribution to the book is called 'The Water Tower'. Die says, "it's a little tale about how history still impacts on modern life...It's a bit of a love story too."
'An Anatomy of Chester' is now available to buy from Chester University Press.