Spill-ed (the stories behind the stories) No.4

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Released in December, Spill is a collection of stories that range from the heart-warming to the bizarre and downright macabre. Number 4: 4’33”



The renowned avant garde piece of music 4’33” by composer John Cage has as many detractors as admirers… being as it is four and a half minutes of silence. Except of course, it isn’t. Played live it is the sound of an audience and orchestra in a room and all the ambient sounds therein. So imagine if you were present at the seminal recording of the piece and accidentally did a tiny little cough. You’d live off the notoriety at dinner parties for years, wouldn’t you? Ray does.


Blank bookcover with clipping path

To be published December 1st 2015 by Watchword ebooks

ISBN: 9781907605802

Format: eBook

Price: £2.99


“A small glass bottle is filled with thick, yellowing liquid – something like melted butter. In amongst the clouding viscous, a jellied hand pushes from the inside. The fingers spread like an accidental spill.”

This short story compilation ranges from heart-warming comedies to disturbing ruminations on existence, from the bizarre to the downright macabre. Visit weird and wonderful preserved exhibits in a dusty old museum, immerse yourself in the conversation at a dinner party, or step foot into Dr Grost’s office. This remarkably eccentric, thirteen-story collection, introduces a huge variety of richly written characters that showcase Ward’s trademark twisted sense of humour.


  1. Shelf Life
  1. 4’33”
  1. Super Important
  1. X-Factor
  1. Sidmouth
  1. That Delivery Guy
  1. Kind Things for Random Strangers: An Experiment
  1. Thaw
  1. If People Feel What People See
  1. The Diagnosis
  1. Toothpaste
  1. Things That Have Been
  1. I Like Small Rooms



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