Edward Cartner

Edward Cartner

Edward Cartner was born and attended school in Northumberland. He trained as a teacher at Bede College, Durham University and then at Carnegie College Leeds. He left the teaching profession to join the Royal Air Force where he served for nearly 30 years. Writing has been a strong interest throughout his life - first published in the 'Children's Newspaper' in 1952 - and has contributed pieces to local newspapers and magazines. He has reviewed books for a maritime library for over 20 years and in retirement has published six books of military non-fiction and one of short stories. He lives in the West Country with his wife. They have two married daughters.


Edward Cartner in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1952 at school in Northumberland.

What do you love about short stories?

I enjoy reading and creating a plot that is complete yet concise.

Do you write in other forms?

I have written a memoir, a trilogy of anecdote and an anecdotal history.

What distracts you from writing?

In former times, career and family survival.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?


What is your favourite book?

An old, long-forgotten favourite 'The Mary Deare'.

Who are your favourite writers?

Evelyn Waugh, Anita Shreve and John le Carre.

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?

Political hubris.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Never give up; keep plugging away.

Work by Edward Cartner:

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A retired soldier and widower visits a war grave and so discovers the identity of his father.
Up The Downstairs
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A jaded city commuter and office worker is unexpectedly invited to 'break free' from the herd. His joy is short-lived and he is quickly returned to the treadmill. He will never meet her like again. There will be no repetition - or will there?
Six Degrees
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A society 'gossip' writer follows up a chance meeting and then witnesses the accidental death of his subject. He determines to honour with the dead man's estranged family the 'Six Degrees of Separation' theory.

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