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Scarborough Fiction: Scarborough in Fiction / Fiction from Scarborough

The Website

The purpose of this website is to feature creative works of fiction about Scarborough (North Yorkshire) and also the works of authors from Scarborough. The main content will be reviews of books, TV shows and films.

The Reviews

Works will be selected for review if they are works of fiction set in Scarborough or if the authors are from or reside in Scarborough. If you have suggestions for items to review, or if you are a writer who has had work published or produced, then please get in touch via

The Author

My name is Martyn Greenwood. I work as a librarian and I also write short fiction. I grew up in Scarborough and, although I no longer live there, I often find myself thinking about the place and setting stories there. I am interested in how other writers use Scarborough as a setting, how they regard it, and the characters they place there. I'm just as interested in reading or seeing the familiar as I am the unfamiliar.

Scroll down for links to my short stories.

Martyn Greenwood with Scarborough South Bay behind him.
Martyn in Scarborough, March 2022

Short Stories by Martyn Greenwood

Fast Food For Thought - Published by Empyrean Literary Magazine, Issue 4 (Web Edition). December 2022. You can read the story on their website.

The Way Home - Crossing The Tees Flash!Mob. Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2022. This flash anthology is free to download from Smashwords.

Thinking Too Much - Crossing The Tees: The Fifth Short Story Anthology. Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2022. ISBN 9781914170270

This story won the second place prize in the 2022 competition. In addition to being published in the anthology, it was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio Tees. You can listen to the story being read by Connor Dorrian on YouTube.


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