Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax… How did we function with these ancient machines, these relics of the future?
Hopefully these six writers hold the answer: Writer-in-Residence at Manchester’s Victoria Baths Sarah-Clare Conlon, Sawn-off Tales author David Gaffney, John Rylands Library Writer-in-Residence Rosie Garland, Creative Writing lecturer Valerie O’Riordan, Bad Language host Fat Roland and Nicholas Royle, series editor of Best British Short Stories.
In FaxFiction, six brand-new short stories will focus on old technologies, and will each be performed using artefacts gathered especially for the event. Made uniquely for the Refract:19 festival, which takes place annually at Greater Manchester arts centre Waterside, this unique show on Saturday 27 July will also feature the live premiere of an installation commissioned from sound artist Gary Fisher.
Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) – book here.
Jared can feel the tower blocks looming overhead, three concrete sentinels watching as he runs. He knows he has less than a minute before his pursuers are on him, but as he rounds the corner into the alley he stops, dead. There’s a strange canvas structure propped against the wall, a hand-made sign scrawled on a scrap of cardboard. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.
The Shadow Booth is back for its third volume, available now from our online store. An international journal of weird and uncanny fiction, The Shadow Booth is dedicated to publishing emerging and established writers of the strange, exploring that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction. Stories from Vols. 1 & 2 have been selected for The Best Horror of the Year (ed. Ellen Datlow), The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (eds. Michael Kelly & Robert Shearman) and Best British Horror (ed. Johnny Mains).
Volume 3 includes new weird and uncanny fiction by:
- Nick Adams
- Judy Birkbeck
- Raquel Castro
- Armel Dagorn
- Jill Hand
- Richard V. Hirst
- Verity Holloway
- Tim Major
- Annie Neugebauer
- Robert Shearman
- Gregory J. Wolos
Paperbacks and ebooks are available here.
We’re also holding a FREE launch event in London on Thursday 11 April, with readings from Robert Shearman, Judy Birkbeck and Tim Major. The event starts at 7pm at The North by Northwest, a Hitchcock-themed pub in Islington. You can find full details and RSVP here.
Enter the Shadow Booth and you will never be the same again…
Last year’s Summer Party from Open Pen featured readings from established writers such as Irenosen Okojie, as well as up and coming writers found in the pages of Open Pen, the free short fiction magazine stocked in indie bookshops around the UK. There was jazz, there was comedy, and there was a party.
Slightly further down the Commercial Road in East London, this year’s Open Pen Summer Party is set to promise all that and more (mainly pizza). The child friendly event takes place on Sunday, August 12, and is an all day affair, hosted by The George Tavern. Cheapo tickets (£5) are available now over on Eventbrite.
Already announced to read throughout the day is Fernando Sdrigotti, Mazin Saleem and Xanthi Barker, reading from their forthcoming novelettes to be released by Open Pen, as well as Miggy Angel, London Short Story Prize winning Maria Thomas, and Max Sydney Smith.
The George Tavern is located close to Whitechapel and Shadwell stations. More details and more to be announced over on the Open Pen events page.