Short Fiction



Reading Lisa’s stories is like being given the privilege of scouring over the UK’s lesser known towns and picking the roofs off people’s houses, then the tops off their minds and delving in to the innermost thoughts and feelings and heartaches and eccentricities of all of those diverse and beautiful and terrible human beings whose stories we hardly ever hear. I wish there was a Johnny Dangerously in everybody’s heart.” 

Hollie McNish, poet, performer, writer

“Lisa Blower is a rare thing – a working class voice in the world of the short story. I’m certain her work will stand out in the current market giving a voice to characters who we seldom hear of. Her stories are at times the laugh-out-loud funny of Alan Bennet and at others, the achingly sad of the great, David Constantine.”

Paul McVeigh, Writer, Director of London Short Story Festival


‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’ – debut collection, Myriad Editions, 2019

‘A Pear in a Tin of Peaches‘ – in ‘Common People’ (ed) Kit De Waal, Unbound, 2019

‘Abdul’ – long-listed for The Sunday Times Short Story Award, 2018; written and performed for Word Factory’s Watch your Language Season, May, 2017

‘The Trees in the Wood’ – ‘Spindles: The Science of Sleep’ – Comma Press, 2015. “Emotionally draining, hard-hitting & brilliantly written.”

‘The Land of Make Believe‘ – Highly Commended, Bridport Prize 2015 Anthology, Redcliffe Press

‘The Casual Electrocution of Strangers‘ – Literary Salmon, October 2015 download here. Longlisted for Best Anthology, Saboteur Awards, 2016

‘Prawn Cocktail‘ – for Short and Sweet, Birmingham Literature Festival, October 2015

‘Dirty Laundry’Short Story Sunday, January 4th 2015.

Or watch Lisa reading Dirty Laundry at the Word Factory November 2014 here

‘Chuck and Di‘ – The Luminary, ‘Hidden Voices‘ anthology, September 2014

‘Pot Luck’  for BBC Radio 4, broadcast May 2nd 2014 at 3.45pm

Listen to a snapshot here: Pot Luck on Radio 4

‘Johnny Dangerously’, in The New Welsh Review, March 2014

‘Barmouth’, in BBC National Short Story Award, 2013, Comma Press

‘Barmouth’, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, September 2013 as part of the BBC National Short Story Award

‘Broken Crockery’, Winner, The Guardian National Short Story competition, 2009

broken crockery picture

Guardian Short Story – Broken Crockery

‘Oceans of Stories’, Runner-up, Oceans of Stories competition with Liverpool John Moores University, 2008


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