AN AUTHOR from Malvern has launched a book of short stories with a Christmas theme.

Abbey Road Spoken Word Group, a poetry collective, hosted the launch of Francis Charters' Someone’s Christmas last Thursday.

Francis took the floor to explain that his book included a wide range of stories connected to the festive season – some happy, some poignant.

Francis then read two of the stories from the collection, a shorter one about buying presents and a longer one about the big Christmas meal. 

Brian Graham, founder member of Abbey Road Spoken Word Group, said: “People laughed at the idiocy of Christmas shopping, but we were silenced by the pathos of the meal. 

"We have a wide variety of writers in our group and it is good to celebrate the completion of a collection like this.”

For more information about Someone’s Christmas, visit or Malvern Co-operative Bookshop.