Tom Durrant The Park, After
Tom Durrant was born and raised in Somerset and has spent much of his life in the South West, predominantly Bristol. His writing spans a number of disciplines including novellas, short stories and poetry, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. His work typically focuses on the individual within an altered or skewed world and aims to highlight the ‘human’ beneath the sheen of contemporary life, exploring what it means to truly live in these modern times.
WildFrontier is the first story in the The Park, After collection.
After the country’s economy collapses, its citizens are left with nothing. Homes and businesses lie abandoned or repossessed, forcing people to seek out new places to live. The Park is one such opportunity and hundreds have flocked there to find a sanctuary between the rides. This collection gives voice to the people at the bottom, to those fighting to maintain a sense of themselves when all hope seems lost. Throughout the collection, as multiple viewpoints tell their individual-yet-overlapping stories, the reader is shown the resilience and optimism of a community trying to rebuild itself.