Short Stories

Red tells the story of graphic designer Alice who wakes up one day and finds she can see only in black and white. As her world crumbles, she continues to dream in colour and in her dreams meets a girl, Mary, who has been locked in a black and white room for her whole life. Red appears in Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals, ed. Ra Page and Rob Appleby, Comma Press.

“‘Red’ by Annie Kirby takes the famous ‘Mary’s Room’ experiment and turns it into something genuinely new.” Samantha Dolan, Shoreline of Infinity

“Chatty and surreal.”  Holly Powis, Disclaimer Magazine

Luftpause is set in a future Berlin, the city shaped by the pheromone breath trails of its most privileged residents, including student Paul. A group of urban ‘breath-guerrillas’ disrupts Paul’s carefully ordered life, drawing him to an underground world of breath-trails and resistance. Luftpause appears in Beta-Life: Stories from an A-Life Future, ed. Ra Page and Martyn Amos, Comma Press. 

“Annie Kirby’s ‘Luftpause’…[offers a] humanistic [look] at the implications involved in the technology-driven loss of Privacy.” Publishers Weekly

Sunbird. When a storm of red dust blows an African Sunbird into Asja’s garden, she begins to dream about her lost child. Published in Writers to Watch:Portsmouth Bookfest 2012, ed. Matt Wingett, Life is Amazing.

This title is currently out of print, but you can read Sunbird online here.

Xenopus: Rose-Tinted explores the ethics of biomedical research via genetically modified frog sperm, Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor and the aurora borealis. It appears in Bio-Punk: Stories from the Far Side of Research, ed. Ra Page, Comma Press. 

“I love the subtlety of this story, how we slowly come to realise who the narrator is and the tale he has to tell about where he came from.” Kirsty Walters, Thresholds

“[A]n allusive and poetic read.” Aiden O’Reilly, The Short Review 

“…intellectually satisfying and beautifully crafted.” Kim Lacey, Guru Magazine

The Wing. Eating ice-cream in Mazzini’s barbershop-ice cream parlour, Nina Hägerstrand recounts her dream that something black fell over the school, “like a big, black wing,” to her best friend’s mother, Lena Mazzini.  Nina’s dream is prophetic and, narrated by Lena, the unfolding story is about destruction, dreams, lies, hope and different kinds of heroism as the heart is torn out of a community by a single tragic event.  The Wing won the Asham Award and was published in Don’t Know A Good Thing: The Asham Award Short Story Collection, ed. Kate Pullinger, Bloomsbury.  You can read The Wing online here.

Revelations of Divine Love. Set in the Welsh Valleys in the 1980s,  an intense friendship forms between teenage shoplifter Teleri and Maggie, a strange and troubled misfit who speaks of visions of Christ and demands to be called Julian. Over the course of a summer, the two girls find solace in their relationship, but darkness is never far away.  Revelations of Divine Love was published in Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction, ed. Ra Page, Comma Press. 

“In Annie Kirby’s ‘Revelations of divine love’ the Welsh landscape and the mythological intensity of youth combine like a wave breaking.”  (Excerpted from a review of Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction by Mslexia.)

“Kirby describes sublime moments with careful precision and evokes the brooding power of buried trauma.” (Excerpted from a review of Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction by Nicholas Royle in Time Out.)

Orchid, Cherry-Blossom is the story of Lan Jonsson, a Vietnamese-American woman who discovers her image in a book of photographs. This story was published in Concertina: UEA Creative Writing AnthologyPen and Inc. Press. It was also adapted for broadcast on Radio 4, as part of their ‘Ones to Watch‘ series, read by Pik Sen Lim.