Small Forest


William Lane

‘Stories in search of revelation and understanding.’ Carmel Bird


The stories in Small Forest explore repression, the effects of music and the nature of relationships between generations. The protagonists are varied in these stories – and variously haunted.

‘The small forest of this collection’s title provides an eloquent metaphor that invites the reader to move through the stories in search of revelation and understanding, as well as pleasure in the reading.’
CARMEL BIRD, 2016 Patrick White Literary Award recipient

WILLIAM LANE lives in the Hunter Valley/Wollombi region, NSW, where he is raising three children. After completing an Honours degree in Australian literature, he travelled and worked in a number of different jobs. In addition to reading and writing, his interests include music and education. He has completed a doctorate on the Australian writer Christina Stead, and has had several critical articles on Stead published in literary journals. Transit Lounge has published three of his novels, Over the Water (2014), The Horses (2015) and The Salamanders (2016), and The Word (2018). Small Forest was Runner Up in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award.

Published as part of the SW Smalls series celebrating 10 years in publishing.

Additional information







Publication Date:

1 October 2021




H 152 mm x W102 mm