The Special Relationship with Tom Basden, Sep 2


The ‘Raffish and Overread’ Special Relationship is back at the Book Club to bring you another night of stories, poetry, films and sweets thrown ever so gently at your date’s head.

This time we are joined by:

– KATY WIX, actress and writer, best known for being all over telly: Not Going Out, Torchwood, Outnumbered and Absolutely Fabulous

– BEN FERGUSSON, novelist and editor, reading from his new novel, ‘The Spring of Kasper Meier’

– The poet PHILIP NANTON is coming all the way from Bardados

And fresh off a smash run of his hit play, “Holes”, our BFF TOM BASDEN is back!

So the least you can do is hop on the tube for three poxy tube stations. You lazy sods.

Hugs and Kisses,

The Special Relationship.

March Round-Up III

Hello story lovers,
As March draws to a close a little dryer than it opened, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening on ShortStops over the past fortnight:

Lit Mags and Competitions
We welcome 1000Words to our lit mag list – flash fictions written to a picture prompt. Bare Fiction mag are giving away Issue 1 for free as they launch Issue 2, and there’s anew writer and new luggage from The Casket of Fiction Delights. Jotters United launches Issue 2, Myths of the Near Future are offering the brand-new Revolution Issue for free until Apr 3 and calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue.

Stinging Fly shares with us 10 Writers on Bad Advice They Chose to Ignore. Holdfast magazine announce a call for submissions for their first print anthology, deadline June 15th, and submissions open til May 31st for their online issue #3.

Read an extract from a story from Neon’s Winter issue and check out their call for proposal for chapbooks and pamphlets. The Moth International Short Story Prize is open until June 30th.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
We welcome London live lit night The Special Relationship to our list – and they are hosting a free event: a night of short fiction from Comma Press and the Croatian Writers’ Society in London on April 8th.

Comma Press is holding a short story writing workshop in April in Manchester.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Today is the deadline for The Brighton Prize, a short story prize with a live lit twist, so get those entries in!

Submit a short story on the theme of Islands and Cities to a new Tasmanian-London anthology by April 30th.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

Free Event – The Special Relationship hosts Comma Press & Croatian Writers Society

As part of the London Book Fair, The Special Relationship is heading west (pray for us) to host a night of short fiction from Comma Press and the Croatian Writers Society authors.

7:30pm on Tuesday April 8 at The Grove Bar & Restaurant (83 Hammersmith Grove, W6 0NQ).

There will be a few short reading from amazing people such as Belfast-born LUCY CALDWELL who has won more prizes than Jesus and the two authors who keep vying for the title of the greatest living Croatian short story writer, EDO POPOVIĆ and ROMAN SIMIĆ BODROŽIĆ.

But, don’t be fooled. It’s really just a great party with wine and Croatian nibbles and room full of people who love short fiction.

All that and it’s FREE! But you should RSVP so you get a place.