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!

Northern Lights Writers’ Conference welcomes Will Self

Creative Industries Trafford (CIT), in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival and supported by Arts Council England, is running a second Northern Lights Writers’ Conference on Saturday 25 October, 10.15am-4.30pm, at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. The one-day event for emerging and established writers features talks, workshops and panel discussions with award-winning authors, acclaimed publicists and leading literary agents.

Following 2013’s successful Northern Lights – described by Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing as “A brilliant writers’ conference” and by The Art of Fiction blog as “A fascinating and stimulating day” – the theme of this year’s event is “making writing pay”. Hear how Orange Award for New Writers winner Joanna Kavenna and Canal Laureate Jo Bell make a living; get advice on fundraising from flash fiction writer David Gaffney; learn the secrets of marketing with Louise Rhind-Tutt (LRT Publicity), and join literary agents Juliet Pickering (Blake Friedmann) and Louise Lamont (LBA Books) for tips on finding representation. Northern Lights closes with a networking session when delegates can meet the speakers and writers, and this year’s keynote speech will be delivered by author and journalist Will Self.

Creative Industries Trafford Coordinator Richard Evans says: “We’re delighted to have such a great selection of speakers from the worlds of writing and publishing for this year’s conference, with support from our partners at Manchester Literature Festival. We’re building on the great success we had with the inaugural Northern Lights in 2013 and look forward to welcoming delegates to the newly refurbished Waterside Arts Centre which, alongside CIT, is celebrating its tenth year of operation in 2014.”

Tickets cost £30 for the day (£25 concessions), with an optional bagged lunch available for an extra £5, and can be booked in advance by calling the Waterside box office on 0161 912 5616 or by emailing info@creativeindustriestrafford.org. Full details of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference can be found on the CIT website: www.creativeindustriestrafford.org.

Will Self and Maglorian credit ChrisClose

(Photo: Chris Close)

The Berko Writers’ Workshop

The Berko Writers’ Workshop is repeating their (sold out!) inaugural writing course, starting on April 29th.

Sign up for six weeks of professional tuition and supportive feedback – and build a network of local writing friends while you’re at it.


The course fee includes 12 hours of tuition, Here Cafe‘s celebrated tea and cake in the break, and a wine discount post-workshop (to help with that networking!)

There’s also a literary agent Q&A in week six.

Your course tutor is Julie Mayhew, novelist, radio dramatist and director and host of Berkhamsted’s celebrated short story night The Berko Speakeasy.

For more info and to book, click here.