Fiction Sneak Peek: March 25, 2023 Issue

Let’s take a look at the fiction in this week’s issue – available Wednesday, March 22.

Seven Short Stories

In our opening story, there’s a place that’s special to Tom and Claudia, no matter where life takes them. “At The Kissing Gate” is written by Beth Watson, and illustrated by Mandy Dixon.

Gabrielle Mullarkey’s “Keep Me Posted” is next, and Linda hasn’t realised how much she’s appreciated Russ’s constant communication…

In Ann Mortimer’s “In Full Swing”, Lin feels like she can accomplish anything, when flying through the air…Artwork, Michael Thomas.

One friend isn’t sure how to comfort another, in “Man’s Best Friend”, by Teresa Ashby. Illustration from Manon Gandiolle.

Housemates are doing their best to steal the spotlight, in Alison Carter’s 1920s story, “Sharing The Spotlight”. Artwork, Gerard Fay.

Mary Hudson’s “Reel Them In” is next, and Rosie wants to be sure the villagers all know about this beautiful spot…Illustration from Kirk Houston.

We’re in 1989 for our next story, and Scotland has held a special place in one man’s heart for many years – but why? “Return To Edinburgh” is written by Charmaine Fletcher, and illustrated by Gerard Fay.


In Part Three of Anne Pack’s “When One Door Closes”, Alison can’t help but be drawn to Pete…Artwork, Ruth Blair.

It’s the final instalment of Deborah Siepmann’s “The Sapphire Peacock”. Could Cecil’s invention bring everyone together at last? Artwork throughout by Helen Welsh.

A brand-new serial begins next week.


Frankie is starting to feel like one of the family, in Stefania Hartley’s “Welcome To Quayside”…

…while Mary’s eyes are on the prize with DJ Dan’s radio quiz, in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”.

Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!