Short Story September to culminate in all-day festival

A month-long campaign celebrating short stories will culminate in an all-day festival.

Short Story September is a month-long initiative set up by independent press, Dahlia Publishing. Following their first short story festival, the aim of the project is to celebrate the short story form online as well as showcase newly published short story collections.

Writers can follow the campaign via a dedicated blog which will offer daily prompts and feature writing by authors with works published in 2019. Authors featured during the campaign include BBC National Short Story Prize Winner, Sarah Hall, and rising stars such as Jamel Brinkley.

Writers can sign up to Short Story September online http://shortstoryseptember.co.uk/. Follow us on Twitter @dahliabooks and use the hashtag #ShortStorySept to join the conversation.

The online initiative will be followed by an all-day festival which will feature a series of talks and workshops designed to help writers take their writing to the next level.

Crossroads Festival takes place on October 5 2019 at Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Short story writers Rebecca Burns and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt will lead workshops on perfecting the opening and ending of a short story, as well as introduce experimental techniques to write successful short stories.  Costa nominated Kerry Young and Women’s Prize shortlisted Meena Kandasamy will deliver inspiring keynotes and there will be sessions on writing rules and funding and finance. The event concludes with this year’s Leicester Writes Short Story Prize ceremony.

See the full programme for Crossroads Festival and and book your place on Eventbrite.

 

Dive in to Weekend of Words

Manchester’s iconic Victoria Baths is open for writing business on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019, when the heritage pool and washhouse complex will be echoing with original voices thanks to a brand-new festival, Weekend Of Words.

As well as writing workshops – including flash fiction with Some Of Us Glow More Than Others author Tania Hershman at the helm – immerse yourself on Saturday with six brand-new short stories, specially commissioned for the event and taking the Baths as their jump-off point.

Grab a drink and a deckchair, sit back and enjoy a backdrop of magical projections and the writers in your midst: Victoria Baths’ inaugural Writer-in-Residence Sarah-Clare Conlon, Kate Feld, co-host of literary podcast The End Of All Things, Sawn-off Tales flash fiction master David Gaffney, Phil Olsen of Sabotage Reviews, Somerset Maugham Award-winner Joe Stretch, and Lara Williams, author of short story collection Treats and novel Supper Club.

All the ticketing links for Saturday’s events are here; wade in.

Weekend Of Words also marks the official launch of the Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition, complete with cash prize. Anyone can take the plunge – find out more here.

 

South London Festivals with Arachne Press

Early summer is the time for festivals in South London, and this year Arachne Press has pulled out all the stops to hit as many as we can.

We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)

Saturday May 18th 7pm at one of our favourite venues,

Manor House Library, on  Old Road SE13 5SY

FREE Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.

Poetry: Kate Foley and Math Jones

Short Stories Joan Taylor-Rowan,  Rebecca Skipwith, Katy Darby

Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress.

We are involved in BrockleyMAX Festival again this year, with stories and poetry in a brewery…

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ

for NOON 

FREE Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name.

Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.

with Stuart McKenzie, Michelle Penn, Laila Sumpton, Marika Joseph, Liam Hogan, reading their own work and possibly that of others featured in the book.

10am on Saturday 15th June (Flash Fiction Day) we are joining Greenwich Book Festival for the first time, when editors Rosamund Davies, Cherry Potts and Kam Rehal will be doing a pre-publication panel discussion on Story Cities at Room KW003 King William Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Park Row Greenwich SE10 9LS. We are assuming you will need at ticket, but they aren’t on the festival website yet.

 

John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition Update

Did you submit to the John O’Connor Short Story Competition? We will be contacting the winner of the 2018 John O’Connor Writing School short story competition in less than a week. We wish you every success.

The prize is a free pass and accommodation to the Festival which runs 1-4 November in Armagh, intensive 3 day writing course, meeting with publishers at the Publisher Panel, an industry talk with a well known writer in your chosen writing course, £250, an opportunity to participate in Lyrical Lunchtime event on 4 November AND a 3 day writing retreat at the River Mill Writing Retreat in the heart of rural County Down. Exciting, or what?

‘No Borders, No Boundaries. Celebrate & Inspire’

The John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival (1-4 November, Armagh, Northern Ireland).  It’s a packed programme featuring its aclaimed writing school wtih international class poets, song writers, prose, stage and screen writers and how-to-write experts. Fiction in all its forms, including the short story are represented, and we are delighted to welcome Tom Bromley of Faber Academy as tutor for our intensive writing course (includes Industry Talk and Publisher’s Panel event). New this year are four ‘taster’ sessions, and we are delighted to welcome acclaimed author Paul McVeigh as ‘Step Into Fiction Writing’. An award-winning short story writer, Paul also has a keen insight into what makes a good short story and will help you discover what competition judges and journal editors are looking for.

An additional dimension to the Writing School which runs from November 1 to 4 and is funded by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council, is a parallel Arts Festival of staged drama, lectures, talks, and music.

The writing school will be hosted in various historic locations around Armagh including libraries, hotels, bars and restaurants.

A full programme and more information on the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival 2018 is available on www.thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com

Courses & Events can be booked on: https://visitarmagh.com/johnoconnnor

Early bird discount (10-15%) up to 4 October.

Leicester Writes: Short Story Festival

SHORT STORY FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 30th JUNE 2018, 10.30 AM – 6 PM

LCB Depot, Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RE

Join us for a wonderful celebration of all things small and wonderful as part of this year’s Leicester Writes Festival. The day will kick off with a two-hour workshop on writing and editing short stories with writers, Divya Ghelani and Rupert Dastur. The afternoon will be packed with author talks: award winning writers Rebecca Burns and CG Menon will be sharing their experiences of putting their short story collection together, and Jon McGregor and Alison Moore will be in conversation with Mahsuda Snaith to discuss taking the leap from writing short stories to novels. The evening will end in style with our Leicester Writes Short Story Prize anthology launch, where we will be celebrating the talents of this year’s longlist.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – ‘The Art of the Short Story’ Workshop

ln this session, Divya Ghelani will introduce and discuss several prizewinning short stories to assess short fiction techniques that are classic as well as experimental. She’ll cover aspects of character, voice, language, and intrigue within the short story form. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to understand how the short form works and wants to write a successful short story. This session will include a number of writing exercises.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Short fiction: An Editor’s Perspective

How do editors assess short fiction submissions? What are they looking for from short stories and flash fiction?

In this session, Rupert Dastur, senior editor at The Short Story will discuss what he likes and doesn’t like to see from manuscripts. He will offer an insight into how writers can edit their stories so they are ready for publication and offer suggestions on how to manage submissions. Rupert will also share his ultimate list of who to follow and what to read so you can learn from the best. With useful tips and tricks, this session is a must for anyone looking to build their career as a writer.

1:30 – 2:30 PM – How to Publish a Short Story Collection

Join Dahlia Publishing editor, Farhana Shaikh and award winning short story writers, Rebecca Burns and CG Menon as they discuss the process of putting together a short story collection. This session will discuss the publishing process as well as how writers select, organise and write short stories for a collection. Featuring readings with both authors and a book signing.

3 PM – 4 PM In Transit: From short stories to novels

How do writers transition from writing short stories to writing a novel? What skills do they develop in the process and what is it really like to work across forms? In this session, writers share their experiences of starting their careers by writing short stories before turning their hand to novel writing.

Featuring readings from award winning writer, Jon McGregor and Man Booker prize shortlisted, Alison Moore. Chaired by debut novelist and award winning short story writer, Mahsuda Snaith.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology Launch

Join us to celebrate this year’s winning short stories in our prize giving ceremony and anthology launch. With readings from some of this year’s winners. Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was launched in 2017 to celebrate original short story writing. The judging panel included writers Rebecca Burns, Jon McGregor and last year’s first prize winner, CG Menon.

Tickets: Purchase your all-day festival ticket for just £20, workshops are included in the price.

To book your ticket please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-writes-short-story-festival-tickets-45782026273

For more information please contact Farhana on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk

Flash Fiction Festival UK, 2018

 

Trinity sunny

Booking is now open for the 2018  Flash Fiction Festival UK funded by Bath Flash FictionAward, taking place at Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, Friday evening 20th July – Sunday late afternoon, 22nd July this year, 2018.

We’ve a great line of up workshops, talks, readings and book launches, by leading flash fiction writers and tutors from the UK, the US, Ireland and Germany as well as open-mic sessions for all participants.

TFlash-Fiction-Festivalhere’s an informal picnic and open-mic on Friday night in the extensive grounds where you can  meet and mingle with fellow flash fiction fans. We’ve a raffle with great prizes including a week’s writing retreat in Italy, a festival long mini competition with prizes, a bar, a book shop and the opportunity to submit fictions you begin at the festival  workshops to Flash Fiction Festival Anthology Two which will be published in 2018. All contributors receive a free copy.

We’d love you to come to learn about, write and read flash fiction and have fun with other enthusiasts. Beginners and experienced writers from all backgrounds welcome.  Places going fast. More details  and to book at flashfictionfestival.com  £200. (£230 includes all meals). Tea, coffee and biscuits free through out the workshop. Help with finding value accommodation. Six places for caravans.

Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK

Originating in Greenwich, on the Prime Meridian, and now in its 4th year, The Solstice Shorts Festival  is  going nationwide.

The theme this year is Dusk, that time between day and night when everything changes.

On 21st December we have twelve sites across the UK all reading/singing different material (chosen by Arachne Press, read by actors/ sung by musicians) starting in Ellon, Aberdeenshire and ending In Redruth, Cornwall, taking in key spots in between.

All events BSL Interpreted

Grab Tickets for an event near you: generally by donation, suggested £3, but there are exceptions where this is part of a bigger event.

Venues

Tickets

or follow the live stream on Facebook.

The stories and poems have been chosen, and the music is either traditional or original.

site start finish minutes
Ellon* 1707 1754 48
Inverness 1715 1802 47
Greenwich 1716 1757 41
Nottingham 1717 1759 42
Carlisle 1718 1802 44
Rossendale 1719 1802 43
Lancaster 1720 1803 43
Birmingham 1721 1803 42
Bristol 1727 1807 40
Anglesey (Holyhead) 1730 1812 42
Warkleigh 1733 1814 41
Redruth 1740 1820 40

*Ellon is starting music at 16:28 the actual moment of Solstice, readings will start at 17.07
Print

The book of the event will be published on 21st June 2018, but will be available in February to people who come to the event and pre-order.

 

 

Flash Fiction Festival: Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th 2017, in Bath.

The first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Happening on the weekend of National Flash Fiction Day UK 2017, our first year will be taking place in Bath. Our venue, The New Oriel Hall, is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk from the town centre, with wifi, disabled access and a hearing loop.The whole building is available for the festival.

The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by the UK’s leading flash fiction practitioners and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

Workshops and talks generously funded by The Arts Council England include: Vanessa Gebbie, Kit de Waal, Tania Hershman, Paul McVeigh, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, David Swann, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Christopher Fielden, Michael Loveday, and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Launch with Calum Kerr.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit our website: https://www.flashfictionfestival.com

We hope to see you there for a fun-filled weekend of flash fiction!

Small Wonder Short Story Festival

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Don’t miss out on Small Wonder – the jewel in the crown of short fiction calendar!

Running from 28 September to 2 October at Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of art and ideas, nestled in the South Downs in East Sussex (shuttle buses to and from Lewes Station for every event).

Catch Ali Smith receiving the Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction Award and a new generation of prize-winning writers including Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Kei Miller and Petina Gappah. Lionel Shriver, Elif Shafek and Salley Vickers pay tribute to Charlotte Brontë, and actress Juliet Stevenson reads Poems the Make Grown Women Cry. Join in The Literary Death Match and the Short Story Slam and hone your own writing skills in creative writing workshops.

Browse the programme and book tickets now!

The Art of the Short Story at Oxford Literary Festival

At the Oxford Literary Festival on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 2pm, three distinguished panellists will discuss the Art of the Short Story, chaired by Claire Armitstead, Literary Editor of the Guardian. The participants are Helen Simpson, whose latest collection is ‘Cockfosters’, Frances Leviston, whose short story ‘Broderie Anglaise’ was shortlisted for the BBC’s National Short Story Award last September, and Kirsty Gunn, author of ‘My Katherine Mansfield Project’. The venue is Jesus College’s Ship Street Centre, and tickets can be booked here: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/2016/april-09/the-art-of-the-short-story.
The event is part of the annual St Hilda’s Writers’ Day at the literary festival. All four participants and programme director Nicolette Jones are alumnae of the College.

Small Wonder Short Story Festival 2015: Tickets on sale now!

It’s not too late to plan a September visit to the South Coast and the most charmingly bijou festival in the land. Charleston’s annual short story festival Small Wonder is back, running from 23 – 27 September with one-off performances, story readings, discussions and workshops featuring innovative national and international writers. Top picks this year include our celebrations of the short story traditions from Africa, the USA and Ireland, featuring writers including Thomas Morris, Sarah Churchwell, Donal Ryan, Leila Aboulela; and our explorations of the relationship between short stories and other art forms, such as English folk song, film and photography. If that’s not enough, we have Jane Gardam accepting the Charleston-Chichester Lifetime’s Achievement Award, Marina Warner, Kirsty Gunn on Katherine Mansfield, Salley Vickers, Tessa Hadley, Stuart Evers, The Moth, BBC Radio 4 Bookclub, Shirley Collins, and David Constantine. Truly an embarrassment of riches celebrating the short form. It all takes place at the Bloomsbury Group’s country home Charleston, near Lewes, East Sussex. Come along and join in!

 

London Short Story Festival 2015

The full programme for this year’s London Short Story Festival is now available at lssf.co.uk. With 27 events taking place over the weekend, it’s a short story lover’s heaven.

Guest Festival Director Paul McVeigh has curated a festival featuring 65 excellent writers and speakers that takes place over the weekend of 18 – 21 June at Waterstones Piccadilly.

This year’s lineup includes: Ben Okri, Dame Marina Warner, Kevin Barry, Jon McGregor, Laura van den Berg, D W Wilson, Deborah Levy, Helen Simpson, Joe Dunthorne, Diriye Osman, Toby Litt, Niven Govinden, Krys Lee, Adam Marek, Tania Hershman, Nikesh Shukla, Nii Awiykwei Parkes, Alison Moore, May-Lan Tan, Lynn Coady, Cathy Galvin, Ethel Rohan, Cynan Jones, Francesca Rhydderch, Stuart Evers, Salena Godden, KJ Orr, SJ Naudé, Alex Preston, Rachel Trezise and many, many more.

Spend some focused time honing your writing craft with short story masters Ben Okri, Toby Litt, Ethel Rohan and Lynn Coady in a masterclass (D W Wilson and Laura van den Berg masterclasses have sold out).

The programme of talks and readings is diverse and dynamic, providing opportunities to hear inspiring authors read from and discuss their work in panels.

Pop into the Spread the Word Writers’ Space on Saturday to take part in free activities to inspire and expand your short story writing practice and knowledge of the publishing landscape.

Once again Spread the Word is delighted to offer the Free Ticket Scheme, providing opportunities for short story writers and lovers on low incomes to apply to attend festival events. All paid-for events are available on the Free Ticket Scheme. Applications are open until May 11, midday and applicants will find out the result of their application the week beginning May 18.

We look forward to seeing many Short Stoppers at this year’s festival,  and keep in touch on Twitter: @lssfest and Facebook: facebook.com/londonshortstoryfestival

London Short Story Festival logo 2015

London Short Story Festival 2015

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg

Photo by David Hartley/REX Shutterstock (3032799n) Novelist and poet Ben Okri The Woodstock Literary Festival, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Britain - 20 Sep 2013

Photo by David Hartley/REX Shutterstock

Felixstowe Book Festival: Flash Fiction Event & Short Story Comp

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Felixstowe Book Festival (27-28th June 2015) will be hosting a flash fiction workshop where writers will be encouraged to write flash fiction on the spot and read it out afterwards. Prizes for best stories will be provided, in the form of a selection of anthologies from National Flash Fiction Day.

In addition, entries are now open for their annual short story competition (max word count 1000). This year’s theme is ‘On the Margins’ and the winner and two runners up will be invited to read their stories at the festival. Prizes include a year’s subscription to the EADT Suffolk Magazine. Read the full details HERE. Closing date is Sat 16th May.

Solstice Shorts Festival approaches

The nights are drawing in and the wind is blowing, perhaps you are thinking about roaring fires and mistletoe? Excellent! because those are the trappings of the SOLSTICE, the ancient new year when the shortest day of the year is celebrated because it means the light is about to return.

So why not celebrate Short Story Day too? The Solstice Shorts Festival is just round the corner – Sunday 21st December. (And yes, the astronomers at the Observatory did tell us that the days either side are technically shorter by something like 8 seconds).

We are reading brand-new short stories on the theme of TIME every half hour from Sunrise to Sunset, starting off in West Greenwich Library, at 8am (with breakfast to entice you out of your beds) until 11:30.

The stories are mainly being read by actors, although the judges of the competition that chose the stories will read their own work as well as hosting part of the day: Anita Sethi in the morning, and Robert Shearman and Imogen Robertson in the afternoon at The Royal Observatory (in Greenwich Park).

All those stories not enough to persuade you? There is also live music and FREE writing workshops.

A relaxing way to spend the last Sunday before Christmas.

Full details of everything that is happening and who is involved in the downloadable programme

and of course you can buy the book-of-the-festival, Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time  from us at the library, or from the ROG bookshop, or Greenwich Waterstones on the day. A perfect Christmas Present!