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Fiction Friday: Read “Posman” by Nick Mulgrew, Just Shortlisted for the 2015 White Review Short Story Prize


Alert! A short story by Nick Mulgrew has been shortlisted for the annual White Review Short Story Prize. The story, entitled “Posman”, goes on the compete against seven others for the £2,500 prize.

Terra IncognitaAdults OnlyThe Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IVMulgrew is a British-South African writer and Mandela Rhodes Scholar. He won the second Short.Sharp.Stories Award in 2014, and his was story included in the resulting anthology, Adults Only: Stories of love, lust, sex and sexuality. He was also longlisted for the 2014 Short Story Day Africa Award and included in Terra Incognita, the anthology published with the top stories from this annual competition.

Mulgrew is the associate editor of Prufrock Magazine and a published poet, with one of his poems being included in the The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.

As this week’s Fiction Friday, read “Posman” – a story about a postman who knows his route so well he barely has to think anymore:

After a while you memorise the steps. You read the addresses and your calves just know, hey. They just know it’s going to be a long morning.

These holiday homes on the steps don’t get a lot of mail. The German okes who buy them park in Frankfurt all year and only fly in when winter hits. Maar dis altyd mooi in die Kaap, né? Who even buys a house they don’t live in? And houses like these, too. Most okes don’t see them, so they don’t even know what they’re like. But let me tell you what: if I had one of these, on the beach, jir’, I wouldn’t leave.

But, ja, anyway – most of these places don’t get a lot of mail. Some municipal stuff, some late Christmas cards that’ll sit in their boxes until next December. Sometimes I get these double – sealed envelopes met logos van strange banks al oor geskryf. Most of these okes dodge tax, hey.They have to. No one has that much money.

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