Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Announcing the London Short Story Festival Programme


The London Short Story Festival, 20 - 22nd June, some of the best short story writers in the UK will read their work,. There will be opportunity to learn how to improve your own writing and you can if you choose, hang out in the Writers' Space on Saturday - who knows who you might meet in there? Waterstones Piccadilly is the venue for the whole weekend.

Someone who writes for Dr Who, for example will be in attendance and they also write short stories. They have Jackie Kay, Colin Barrett, Claire Keegan and Clare Wigfall, MJ Hyland, A L Kennedy, Adam Marek, Vanessa Gebbie and Tania Hershman.


Because this is a Spread the Word festival, they have kept ticket prices as affordable as possible.So they're subsidising this festival so that everyone can take part.

If you think they're doing great work and you can afford to pay a bit more, then become a Laureate Friend and help us keep our work accessible to everyone. That's the Spread the Word way of doing things.

You can book tickets for all of the events here

30% discount on tickets is open to Friends of Spread the Word . If you're not already a Friend but would like to snap up some discounted tickets, you can become a Friend now from £36 a year. Tickets are now on sale for all events.
Friday June 20

Festival Launch

6.30 - 7.30pm Book Launch: Best of British Short Stories With Siân Dafydd Melangell, Louise Palfreyman and Stuart Evers. Why not ask editor of the anthology Nicholas Royle how he choses the best stories in the Q & A?.

8.00 - 9.00pm An Evening With Jackie Kay Jackie Kay has won many awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and written three short story collections from which she will read a selection tonight.
Saturday June 21

11.00 - 12.00pm The Weird and Wonderful World of Short Stories with Adam Marek, Dan Powell & Robert Shearman, chaired by Tania Hershman

11.00 - 1.00pm Clare Wigfall Workshop Write with the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award.

12.15 - 1.00pm The Colin Barrett Interview Everybody's favorite new short story writer Colin Barrett will be interviewed by Chris Power, author of the Guardian's 'Brief Survey of the Short Story'.

1.15 - 2.15pm The Short Story Gatekeepers Jacques Testard (The White Review), Claire Shanahan (Booktrust), Jen Hamilton Emery (Salt Publishing), Di Speirs (BBC Radio), Carrie Kania (Conville & Walsh agency), chaired by Vanessa Gebbie - all you need to know about getting an agent, getting your work published or produced for radio and how best to tackle entering prizes.

1.15 - 3.15pm “Where to begin… Idea Generation" workshop with Adam Marek Adam Marek will explore ways to generate stories through different stimulus.

3.30 - 4.30pm Stories From the Heart Roshi Fernando, Jacob Ross and Mary Costello will read stories that will touch you and stay with you, chaired by Anita Sethi.

5.00 - 7.00pm Jacob Ross Masterclass on Voice Jacob will take you through exercises to help you explore voice in your writing.

5.00 - 6.00pm Young Guns and Hot Shots Colin Barrett, Anna Metcalfe and KJ Orr will read from their work, chaired by Anita Sethi.

7.00 - 8..00pm An evening with Claire Keegan A rare UK appearance from Irish writer Claire Keegan, who will be interviewed by Festival Director Paul McVeigh.

8.30 - 9.15pm What is it about the Irish? Claire Keegan, Colin Barrett, Jaki McCarrick and Mary Costello talk about why the Irish are considered the best short story writers in the world.
Sunday June 22

11.45 - 1.45pm Workshop with Colin Barrett An LSSF exclusive. 12 lucky writers will spend the morning with short story sensation Colin Barrett.

11.45am - 12.45am Short Stories on the Radio BBC National Short Story Award winner Clare Wigfall and shortlisted Lisa Blower will be joined by Stella Duffy to read from their work and talk with Di Speirs from BBC Radio 4. KJ Orr, shortlisted for the BBC award herself, will be asking what makes a short story right for radio.

12.00 - 4.30pm Claire Keegan Masterclass – How Fiction Works Claire Keegan believes when it comes to writing we are all beginners so this masterclass is for everyone.

12.30 - 2.30pm Editing workshop with MJ Hyland You will be taken through the editing process and leave with skills to make your writing sharper and more attractive to publishers.

1.00 - 2.00pm First Collections with Booker shortlisted Alison Moore, Sunday Times Award shortlisted Tom Lee and London Book Award winner Stuart Evers, chaired by Antia Sethi.

3.00 - 4.00pm In Praise of the Short Story Helen Simpson, MJ Hyland and AL Kennedy will read from their work and talk about their love of short stories. Chaired by Alex Preston.

4.15 - 4.45pm The Best British Short Story Hear the best British short stories read by actress Stella Duffy, as voted for by you.

In the spirit of a festival, the programme may be subject to last minute changes.

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