A Midlands Odyssey

A Midlands Odyssey

Various Authors

ISBN: 978-0-9927589-8-1

Price: £7.99

Publication date: 7th October 2014


Stories edited by Polly Stoker, Elisabeth Charis and Jonathan Davidson.


Includes stories by: Yasmin Ali, Lindsey Davis, Elisabeth Charis, Kit De Waal, Charlie Hill, Paul McDonald, Richard House, Dragan Todorovic, Natalie Haynes, David Calcutt.

Specially commissioned by Writing West Midlands for the Birmingham Literature Festival.


In A Midlands Odyssey, ten writers take the stories of Homer’s Odyssey and transplant them to the English Midlands. With a range of settings – from smart canal-side apartments to late-night launderettes – these stories are wonderfully inventive and offer a down-to-earth take on one of the world’s greatest pieces of storytelling.



Praise for A Midlands Odyssey:


‘The Odyssey theme, so rich with its tales of wandering Odysseus, the lure of the Sirens, the loss felt by Penelope and those gruesome reports across time from the underworld, energizes the ten writers here, providing a pretext for a fine array of inventive and imaginative stories, attuned to the legend, aslant to the Ancient World, adventurous in their address. If the topology is contemporary and centrally oriented, and the themes entertainingly current, this anthology is certainly not Midlands miscellaneous; it’s the opposite of drab urban realism: a mere seagull’s cry, only the odd whisper and rumour away from Ancient Greece itself.’ – Alan Mahar


‘An inventive and intriguing project, distinguished not only by the power of its Homeric reimaginings but by the superb quality of the writing throughout.’ – Jo Balmer



A Midlands Odyssey is a Writing West Midlands / Birmingham Literature Festival project managed by Owl Productions.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama for this project.