Word Factory #23 & Masterclass – 24th May, London


A warm welcome awaits you at Word Factory on the 24th May, a day packed with literary wonder at Waterstones Piccadilly:

Truth is Stranger than Fiction– Masterclass with Sir Peter Stothard– 1.30-4.30pm

In this two and half hour exclusive masterclass focussing on life-writing, TLS editor Sir Peter Stothard will discuss the key elements of creative memoir and its versatility, reading from his own work and from others who inspired him. He will explore the craft of editing and what you should know about editing your work. And he will lead a general workshop discussion on how to open up your life-writing. Participants may send in examples of their own life-writing in advance to cathy@thewordfactory.tv be used as part of a general discussion.

Cost: £60 per person with free entrance to the evening reading included.
Buy your tickets here.

Short Story Club – 5-6pm

This month: Hassan Blasim – The Iraqi Christ

This month, we are reading a short story from the Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim’s collection, The Iraqi Christ, about a soldier with supernatural abilities. Blasim became the first Arabic writer to be shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize earlier this year and continues to impress and shock with his surreal tales of war and terror. We will discuss themes, language and impact in the hour before the salon.

Simply email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story: sophie@thewordfactory.tv

The Word Factory #23 – the intimate short story salon – 6-8pm

Our May salon takes place in the company of in the company of four exceptional authors: Clive Sinclair will read from his latest collection, Death and Texas and William Palmer from his recently reissued collection, Four Last Things. With Sir Peter Stothard and Sheila Llewellyn, they will join Cathy Galvin in conversation about their writing lives. Book early to secure your place and a free glass of wine at Waterstones’ flagship store in Piccadilly.

Online tickets – £12 | Concessions – £8 | On the door – £15
Buy your tickets here.

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