Settle into hand-picked tales that promise engaging reads with Goldster Storytime.


He may be best known for his dark and macabre crime novels, but Goldster's resident creative writing tutor is urging members to join him for a series of bedtime stories that won't give you nightmares. 

David Mark is launching a new series of bedtime stories, guaranteed to make readers think, feel - and hopefully appreciate different voices in literature. He has hand-picked some wonderful examples of prose, poetry and short stories.

David, a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, has hand-picked a selection of masterful short stories and hopes members will log on at bedtime to hear him introduce and read each tale. 

David said: "The short story is a very under-appreciated art form and I'm so pleased to be able to introduce Goldster members to authors they may not have read before. I've hand-picked four terrific tales that take less than half an hour to enjoy, and provided my voice holds out and nobody asks me to do any accents, I think we'll have a great time. They're not going to be the kind of tale that will wake you up at 2am with a head full of questions, but they may end up costing you dear in book tokens as you're going to want to read more and more stories by these terrific writers. 

"My creative writing group is tackling the short story genre at the moment so it's the perfect time to see how to really do it well. I promise not to mind if you're in your curlers and slippers. I might be too."

Experts believe that reading aloud, and listening to spoken word stories, may have many health benefits, from helping improve our memories and understand complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people.

The first Bedtime Story will be The Strength of God, by American novelist Sherwood Anderson. 

When is this class on?
Tuesday, 28th May 2024
2024-05-24T19:00:00Z - 2024-05-24T19:30:00Z
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Tuesday, 4th June 2024
2024-05-24T19:00:00Z - 2024-05-24T19:30:00Z
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David Mark
David spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post - walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels. His writing is heavily influenced by the court cases he covered: the defeatist and jaded police officers; the competent and incompetent investigators; the inertia of the justice system and the sheer raw grief of those touched by savagery and tragedy. He has written eight novels in the McAvoy series: Dark Winter, Original Skin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity, Dead Pretty, Cruel Mercy, Scorched Earth and Cold Bones as well as two McAvoy novellas, A Bad Death and Fire of Lies, which are available as ebooks. His first historical thriller, The Zealot’s Bones, is out now. Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016.
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