Stories

See what people in our community are saying about the impact #foundfiction has had on their lives.

I love the idea of #foundfiction – the strangeness of finding a physical thing and then it potentially drawing you into the ether of the internet to connect with others. It's modern but old-school. I got in touch in 2014 and offered to be a writer and a distributor. When the first set of pamphlets arrived I could see that they were a labour of love in and of themselves. Since then I’ve left them across London as well as in Washington DC, Tokyo, Bangkok and Hay-on-Wye, to name a few. #foundfiction is having fun with literature, and it's great.

Rhuar Dean, Writer, London 4 months ago

Every writer wants (and needs) to expand their audience, and #foundfiction helps them do this in a way that's never been done. By actively engaging people in situations where they wouldn't expect to find stories, it brings the words to them and makes them want to uncover more. So it's a great way to promote a book. For authors and publishers it's definitely worth the investment for the huge potential it offers.

Chris Nickson, Author, Leeds 4 months ago

We invited #foundfiction to be part of the Northern Short Story Festival. They brought along a writing desk where passers-by were encouraged to co-write a short story by adding one line at a time. Around 20 participants got involved, and the story they created was then tweeted out line by line. It was a great use of social media and helped us promote the festival. #foundfiction could drive publicity for any festival and get participation at any major event. What makes it stand out as a concept is the potential for involving everyone who likes reading and/or writing. Also the fact it's global. Very few projects have the ability to span the world.

Fiona Gell, Co-ordinator of the Leeds Big Bookend 4 months ago

Being part of #foundfiction has encouraged me to do even more writing, which has always been my passion. I've written seven #foundfiction stories and distributed envelopes in Glasgow, London and Belarus. I also came down to Leeds for the launch party – it was a lot of fun. I love leaving stories in unusual locations and imagining how it will affect the people who find them. #foundfiction is a fascinating project and it's exciting to be involved in it.

Marion Cobban, Editor, Glasgow 4 months ago

#foundfiction has inspired my writing group to read and write more short stories. That's because it's reminded us how fun and simple the short story format is. I stumbled upon #foundfiction in Nottingham – it's been so exciting to take part in the project as a distributor. I'm sure there are lots of writing groups out there that'd love to get involved by sharing their words with others.

Ed Chandler, Support Worker, Lincoln 4 months ago

One night I went on a date, but the guy stood me up. While I was waiting for him at the bar, I picked up a magazine. A #foundfiction envelope fell out. I rushed home, and spent the rest of the evening in a bubble of glee, reading and writing fiction. Since then I've had three stories published by #foundfiction, and I've distributed around my home city of York. It's really exciting to see #foundfiction going from strength to strength. Finding that envelope will always be a happy memory for me.

Rachel Wade, English Teacher, York 4 months ago