Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Foreign Encounters: A New Anthology from Writers Abroad

Online writing group Writers Abroad are proud to announce the publication on Wednesday 24th October of their new anthology, entitled Foreign Encounters.

An encounter can be a chance meeting, a planned get-together or even a confrontation. This collection of stories, non-fiction articles and poems features a variety of foreign encounters: with family, friends, lovers, animals, cultures, or just with one’s own prejudices and preconceptions.

Foreign Encounters is the third anthology published by Writers Abroad, an online group of ex-pat writers.  All the contributors are, or have been, ex-pats living in places around the globe. Author Julia Gregson, a former ex-pat whose bestselling novel East of the Sun won the Prince Maurice Prize for romantic fiction, has written the foreword.

Following a call for submissions, Writers Abroad received 231 contributions of which they selected 95 for the anthology. They include 16 poems, 38 short stories and 41 non-fiction articles. Since Writers Abroad is a virtual writers’ group, all the work to produce Foreign Encounters has been done online.  

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Books Abroad, a charity which coordinates the donation of free books for schools throughout the world, believing that education is a crucial aspect of human progress. The charity celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has supplied over 1,600 schools with desperately-needed books.

Foreign Encounters is available from Lulu, price €9.99 (approximately £8.00), from Wednesday 24th October, when this link will become live:

To find out more and for a complete list of contributions and authors, please go to the Writers Abroad website,

Notes for editors

·         Writers Abroad was founded in 2009. It provides an online forum for ex-pat writers to exchange ideas, views and news on writing and to offer support and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Membership numbers are limited but ex-pat writers may apply to join if they are able to support the group’s initiatives and aims.

·         For more about author Julia Gregson, see

·         For more about Books Abroad, see

·         Contributors live in, and have written about, more than 50 countries in every continent.

My story called 'Seeing the World Differently' will be included in this anthology. Please, buy a copy (or copies - the book would make a fine Christmas present) and will support a great charity at the same time.


  1. Really enjoyed reading 'Seeing the World Differently'. Touching and beautifully rendered. Pleased to meet a fellow contributor!
    Chris Galvin

  2. Thank you, Chris. I'm not just saying this because of your comment (!) - but your story about your mother-in-law is one of the memorable NF pieces in the anthology. I really enjoyed reading it, and will add your blog to my links.
    I've been enjoying the stories in the anthology. I've read all the NF stories and I'm now working my way through the fiction.