Small Wonder Festival at Charleston

Small Wonder Festival, Charleston’s annual celebration of short fiction, will take place between 27 September and 1 October 2017. The variety of this year’s programme confirms that although the texts may be compressed, the short form may contain a multitude of subjects, tones and styles. Short stories offer glimpses into the human condition and linger on in the mind, despite, even because of, their brevity and restraint. Don’t miss the shared experience of listening to and telling stories in the atmospheric tents at Small Wonder. During the festival you can listen to engaging speakers, take part in workshops and much more…

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with ‘Let Me Count the Ways’, an exploration of love in its many contexts and guises. Groundbreaking young writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Gwendoline Riley will discuss their work with journalist Arifa Akbar.

let me count the ways

On Thursday 28 September we explore the challenges and advantages of the short story form in our event ‘Novella Perfection’. Novella enthusiasts and practitioners Cynan Jones and Megan Hunter will be in conversation with Alex Clark. I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. – Ian McEwan.

Unmissable on Saturday 30 September is ‘Welcome to the Caribbean’, with Jamaican writer Olive Senior, Trinidadian Anthony Joseph and Bahamian Helen Klonaris (British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder 2017).

A final highlight for any budding writers will be ‘Hitting the Ground Running’ on Sunday 1 October. This event promises a fascinating look at how to begin a career in writing short fiction, with debut authors Julianne Pachico and Jessie Greengrass speaking alongside agent Clare Alexander and publisher Mark Richards. Perfect for aspiring authors, those interested in the publishing process or short fiction fans, it will include an extended Q&A.

Visit the Small Wonder website for more information and many more events: Or join in the conversation on social media: #SmallWonderFest.



Invitation to the launch of The Siren’s first anthology, FUGUE!

We at The Siren are delighted to invite you to the launch of our first book, FUGUE.

Fugue: A Collection of Contemporary Short Stories, is a modern and eclectic take on a resurgent art form: short fiction. Intelligent, amusing and often rather dark, FUGUE’s authors take a wander into bizarre worlds, visiting situations such as the possibility of romance between man and machine, the unfortunate consequences of living in an adult anxiety dream, and the course of action you must take should you find that your city is beginning to melt around you.

FUGUE’s authors include many prize winners, including writers short listed for the Bath Short Story Award and the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 award.

We would be absolutely delighted if the ShortStops family would be able to attend the launch, which will be on the 24th October at 7pm at the London Review Bookshop (nearest tube Holborn).

There will be wine, readings from the authors, and a whole cohort of interesting people to chat with (all of whom have a similar interest in short fiction!!) Please RSVP to if you are able to support us there!    -The Siren Team


Fictions of Every Kind: North

Fictions of Every Kind is a 100% non-profit, DIY writers’ social night, based in Leeds. We aim to support and encourage anyone engaged in the lonely act of writing.

Our next event, themed North, is on June 3rd, at Wharf Chambers in Leeds. It’s part of the HanNah festival, and is a collaboration between us, The Poetry Business, and The Writing Squad.

Our invited speakers at this event are:

CLARE FISHER The winner of the 2013 Spread the Word prize, Clare will be reading from her ‘North’ series set inside the Inner Leeds Ring Road.

STEVE DEARDEN “In a moment, Steve’s stories stories can go violent, almost too violent, then sexy, really sexy, then funny. Strangely obsessive. And very very smart. Wonderful moments of existential clarity. And then he breaks my heart. Bastard.” Tom Spanbauer

+ Readings from The North magazine, curated by its editors Peter & Anne Sansom
+ Readings from members of the current Writing Squad

+ Music from PHILIP BROOK

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an open mic at this event, but spots are likely to be a little more limited than usual. (Sorry about this.) Flash fiction, short fiction, true stories, and excerpts from larger works are all welcome. Please observe our 5 minute-limit for reading – please keep your contributions within this time to give everybody a chance to read. If you go over 5 minutes, you will be stopped! If you are new to our open mic and would like to reserve a spot to read at this event, please send us a facebook message or email s dot j dot bradley at hotmail dot com.

For more information on this event, please visit the facebook events page

PLEASE NOTE: Wharf Chambers is a members club, and you must be a member in order to attend an event here. Joining costs £1 and takes a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. See to join.