Being Dad – Short Story Anthology

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What is Being Dad?

Being Dad is an anthology of brand new fiction about fatherhood, featuring stories by: Toby Litt, Nikesh Shukla, Dan Rhodes, Courttia Newland, Nicholas Royle, Dan Powell, Rodge Glass, R.J. Price, Tim Sykes, Lander Hawes, Andrew McDonnell, Iain Robinson, Richard W. Strachan, Richard V. Hirst and Samuel Wright.

The stories themselves deal with fatherhood from many different angles. We didn’t want to set any specific limitations, so each writer was free to explore the theme in any way they saw fit. We have tender stories about a father’s love and compassion, darker stories exploring feelings of protectiveness and sleep deprivation, and stories that look at the bond from the child’s perspective. What brings them all together is the urge to question what it means to be a dad.

“Editor Dan Coxon has put together a mixture of the best short story writers in the UK and rising stars of the genre, all under the theme of fatherhood. I for one will be picking up a copy of Being Dad especially to be the first to read new work from the excellent Toby Litt, Nick Royle and Nikesh Shukla.”

Paul McVeigh, author of The Good Son and co-founder of the London Short Story Festival

What Do We Need?

We’re currently crowdfunding for the book – which means that we need people to pre-order copies. Short story anthologies aren’t seen as a great prospect by publishers at the moment, and we need to show them that people are interested and want this book.

Obviously the book appeals to fans of the short story, but we believe it also has a wider appeal. That’s why we’re looking to launch it in March 2016, advance of Father’s Day. If you want to show your dad – or your husband – that you appreciate him, and all the effort he’s put into being a dad, then this is a great way to do it. That’s why we’re giving away two copies of the book with the higher reward levels – one for you to read, and one for you to give to your dad.

I can honestly say that I don’t know of another book like Being Dad. Whether you’re thrilled by the chance to read new stories by the likes of Toby Litt, Dan Rhodes, Nikesh Shukla and Nicholas Royle, or you just want to give your father (or husband) something special for Father’s Day, this anthology is uniquely special. Please show us your love.

“I was thrilled with the quality of the stories… If this is a mere sample of the standard then I look forward to seeing the finished product.”

Stuart Buck, reviewing Being Dad for Under The Fable

How Can I Get My Hands On A Copy?

We’d really, really love it if you’d consider pre-ordering a copy. Not only will you get a copy as soon as it comes out, but depending on how much you pledge you can get your hands on all kinds of extras too. Crowdfunding is happening until October 12th, so don’t delay too long. You can find full details here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dan-coxon/being-dad-short-stories-about-fatherhood/

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

 

– Dan Coxon, Anthology Editor

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Litro Live! at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

To mark the start of our festival season, Litro Live! will be heading to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this June with a special event: the launch of Litro Represents, our new bespoke literary agency. We’re offering you the chance to join us and meet our writers, talk to our editors, and enjoy one of the UK’s newest literary festivals. Highlights of this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival include Ray Davies, Jonathan Meades, AL Kennedy, Mark Kermode, Seamus Milne, Tanya Byron, Claudia Roden, Lynn Barber, Ben Watt and Joanne Harris, as well as our own Litro Live! event on Sunday 8 June

For the last ten years Litro has been publishing stories by the most exciting new writers, alongside work by established authors. This one-of-a-kind Litro Live! event brings together three of the most promising young writers from the pages of the magazine, as well as the first authors to be signed up to Litro’s new bespoke literary agency, Litro Represents. Reading from their works-in-progress will be: Maia Jenkins (winner of the GQ/Norman Mailer Prize), Rebecca Swirsky (shortlisted for the Bridport Prize) and Reece Choules (finalist for the Aesthetica Short Fiction Award). The event will be hosted by Litro editor Dan Coxon.

Maia Jenkins: Maia Jenkins grew up in Singapore and France but moved back to the UK in 2009. In October 2013 she won the GQ Norman Mailer Student Writing Prize for her essay ‘To the Weakness of Others’, which will be published in the July 2014 issue of GQ. Her short memoir piece, ‘Lessons’, appeared in Litro #132; her reviews of the stage production of American Psycho and Galveston, by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, have appeared in Litro online. She is currently working on her first novel, All a Darkness. Follow Maia on Twitter: @jenksym

Reece Choules: Reece Choules regularly contributes to The Culture Trip with articles on film, literature and music. His short stories have appeared in The Southbank Review, Inkapature, The Dying Goose and Cigale, and his story ‘Staircase‘ appeared in Litro #130. He was Long Listed for the 2013 Fish Publishing Short Story Competition and was a finalist in the Aesthetica Short Story competition. He is currently working on his first novel, The Drift. Follow Reece on Twitter: @ReeceChoules

Rebecca Swirsky: Rebecca Swirsky is currently being mentored by Stella Duffy after winning the Word Factory Apprenticeship. Her fiction is featured in Matter, Ambit, The View From Here, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Pygmy Giant, Stories for Homes anthology for Shelter, Cease, Cows and a number of British anthologies, including the Bridport anthology. Her story ‘Hotline to Almighty‘ appeared in Litro #131. She is currently shaping her debut novel-of-stories, A History of Symmetry.

You can buy tickets to Litro Live! at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival here.

COMPETITION

We have two weekend tickets to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival to give away (courtesy of those fine folks in Stokey), to the best piece of flash fiction set in or around Stoke Newington. That’s right: we want you to turn the spotlight on Stokey. Why not imagine Edgar Allen Poe’s time at Manor School, or Daniel Defoe’s childhood on Church Street – or even tackle the area’s history of political radicalism?

Entries can be any genre, any theme, as long as they’re set in you-know-where. Maximum word limit is 800 words, and the winner will be published on the Litro website on Friday 6 June. Further details are available on the Litro website.

You should submit your entry via our Submittable page here.

The closing date for entries is Monday 2 June, 2014, and the winning entry will be chosen by the Litro editors. The winner will receive two weekend tickets to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2014, as well as publication on Litro.co.uk.

Weekend tickets allow entry to over 50 events in this year’s festival programme.

For more details of our Litro Live! event at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, check the Litro blog.

Litro Live! A World Book Night Celebration on 23 April: Words, Music and Friends

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Litro Live! Wednesday, April 23rd at Dartmouth House, Mayfair London

Litro will be hosting the first of its Litro Live! Events for 2014 with The English-Speaking Union at Dartmouth House, Mayfair.

The evening will be a jammed-packed serving of words, music and conversation, taking place on Wednesday 23 April as part of World Book Night Celebrations at Dartmouth House.

As well as giving you an opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals, you can connect with some of London’s hottest emerging literary talent and enjoy some great music.

We’ll be welcoming on the night Glen Duncan, Emma Jane Unsworth, Charlie Hill and Maia Jenkins, with guest musical performances from Lucinda Belle, and Benin City. The night will also welcome Naomi Foyle, who will be hosting her book club read: Astra.

Litro Live! will be welcoming back music from avant-garde harpist and Rockabilly Gypsy Jazz pioneer Lucinda Belle ahead of her latest album release.

We also welcome Benin City (Q Magazine call the band “A sultry piece of afro dub blues”). Named after a Nigerian capital, Benin City is a fused genre band fronted by Joshua Idehen (vocals) – previously collaborated with Hyperdub’s LV – Theo Buckingham (drums) and Tom Leaper (tenor saxophone/synths/samples).

In keeping with the spirit of World Book Night, there will also be plenty of book giveaways on offer – so bring yourself and a bag or two!

Tickets are available now
General Admission £10
ESU and Litro Members £7
Students £6

For further information email:info@litro.co.uk or phone 0203 371 9971.