Ginger’s Boots

Tony Mansell brings us a story of a kindly man who worked out of his shop in Charles Street, Truro. Jimmo was a cordwainer, a shoemaker, one who makes new boots and shoes from leather. The trade can be contrasted with the cobbler who, according to a tradition in Britain, was restricted to repairing shoes….Continue Reading “Ginger’s Boots”

Emily Charlotte Ould

We caught up with former Cornish Story Editor Emily Charlotte Ould, to hear about where her passion for writing, Cornwall and cowboy boots have taken her since working for Cornish Story as a student. From Bath to Texas, and home again. Could you tell us something about your personal story: your interests and motivations?  I…Continue Reading “Spotlight on Emily Charlotte Ould”

‘Whatever is Left’ is a short story written by the talented Cornish writer Kiera Smitheram. In 2019 it was the winning entry in that year’s Short Story competition, which  is organised on a biennial basis by Cornish Story to promote our literary culture. Moira had always been a chatty maid, but she found getting the…Continue Reading “Whatever is Left”

Cornish Story is pleased to announce the winners of the recent short fiction competition that was announced at the annual conference of the Institute of Cornish Studies on Saturday 28 September at the Chapel Lecture Theatre on Penryn Campus. The 2019 winners were: Distinction – Kiera Smitheram Merit – Kate Mole Merit – Evie Payne The four…Continue Reading “Short Story Competition 2019”

Sue Ellery-Hill is back with another fascinating story in her Brenda Wootton mini-series. Following last month’s biography of Brenda’s penpal Nina Katorza, this month we focus on Nina’s grandmother – Sybella. Sue again utilises Nina’s letters, which combined with historical archives and records, provide a rich source of information for this melding of fantasy and realism….Continue Reading “Lamorna Wink”


Join Phil Carter in his short story The Five Pilchards this month on Cornish Story for another spooky read. You can read Phil’s previous short story here. Fishing nets hung loose from the ceiling. Pictures of old ships covered the walls. Low wooden beams and large sturdy tables painted a picture of stout, little Cornish fisherman drinking…Continue Reading “The Five Pilchards”