Stories


Stories on the Go aims to encourage and engage the community in reading. We bring all sorts of literature into daily life and public spaces, offering short reads to those who don’t have much time and may not read often. If you are a published or unpublished author and would like to contribute with a short story we will share it via our platforms and initiatives. Submit any time your flash fiction or short story (up to 2500 words):

      

Includes a Q&A. Any other questions please email us stories@thecommutingbook.org

Stories for Book Chapter

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Seven “Ari,” his father said. “You and I know this water, mate. When I say ‘Jump!’ I want ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  7 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Five Back at home, Ari’s dad came thumping up the steps and burst through their front door. Woohoo! It’s ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  3 min read

I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that January when I arrived in Dunedin. I stood in front of the dirty shallow porch of my flat and it wasn’t qu ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher | The commuting Book
Sarah K Gallagher

September 4   ●  11 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Six In his dream, Ari covered his head with his hands and crouched down, hiding. He could hear p ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  14 min read

This book was written on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people and the Wathaurong people of the Kulin nation, as well as on the traditional lands o ...More

Fiction
Laura Jean McKay | The commuting Book
Laura Jean McKay

October 10   ●  min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Two Emmy flew through the school gate ahead of Ari, disappearing in the direction of her classroom. ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

September 12   ●  13 min read

tally stick historical a piece of wood scored across with notches for the items of an account and then split into halves, each party keeping one family a ...More

Fiction
Carl Nixon | The commuting Book
Carl Nixon

September 8   ●  32 min read

The house at 660 Castle Street was built as a Presbyterian Manse in 1923, designed by architect E.W. Walden and built by Loan and Watson. By the ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher | The commuting Book
Sarah K Gallagher

September 4   ●  7 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Three Ari was really relieved to see his mum waiting in the emergency room when they got there. Koro had b ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

November 17   ●  13 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Eight Ari slid his feet under the sheets and the warm covers. He pulled the duvet up to his chin and ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  5 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter One Ari lay on his bed, balancing his sneaker on the tip of his big toe, counting how many seconds he cou ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

August 1   ●  10 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Four Ari watched the hands on the clock move towards three o’clock. He knew he had to get away from s ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

December 19   ●  14 min read

Extract from Mazarine (Chapter Twelve) Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of the summer break and so soon after her ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw | The commuting Book
Charlotte Grimshaw

August 1   ●  22 min read

It was a pretty chill place to live for the first two thirds of the year. It was a place of freedom and acceptance, a place of thinking, talking, cups of t ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher | The commuting Book
Sarah K Gallagher

September 4   ●  15 min read