Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Big Bookend Northern Short Story Festival, 2-3 June 2018

You can now get your tickets for The Leeds Big Bookend Northern Short Story Festival, full details below:

Tickets Are Selling Fast For The Northern Short Story Festival, 2-3 June 2018 at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds. Book Now!

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Tickets are selling fast for The Northern Short Story Festival 2018 with over a third of workshop tickets already sold. Don't be disappointed and miss out on master classes with our amazing authors.

The Northern Short Story Festival 2018 is the only festival of its kind in the North, celebrating Northern short story writers and Northern talent. This year it takes place over 2 days, Saturday 2 June – Sunday 3 June, at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds.

The Festival promotes the short story form through workshops, panel discussions and events. Popular and published authors, editors and small press publishers will come together to share their stories, expertise and wisdom with you. For the first time, we have a horror short story genre themed Sunday!
On Saturday, Nature Stories with Richard Smyth; Writing in the Second Person with Lara Williams; Stories Across Worlds with Jacqueline Crooks; and Transformative Fiction with Irenosen Okojie.
On Sunday, Deadly Fictions with Naomi Booth; and An Introduction to Ghost Story Writing with Adam Z. Robinson.
We have 2 PANEL events 

On Saturday, Prizewinning Collections with Influx Press featuring Clare Fisher and C.G.Menon as they discuss the art and craft of compiling a prizewinning short story collection.
On Sunday, The Short Story and Our World. STORGY and Comma discuss the political and out-of-this world possibilities of the short story, featuring EXIT EARTH winner Rachel Connor.

The Northern Short Story Festival is a partnership venture between the Leeds Big Bookend Festival, Leeds City Council and Fictions of Every Kind, with funding from Leeds Inspired. The Festival’s Director is Leeds author SJ Bradley.

Programme for The Northern Short Story Festival, 2-3 June 2018!

Download the Festival Programme here.

On Saturday, join award-winning publishing house Peepal Tree Press as they launch a new collection,The Ice Migration by Jacqueline Crooks, (Asham Award & Wasafari shortlistee); with a sneak preview of Black Dogs and the Colour Yellow by Christine Barrow, (Uni of the West Indies).
We have a PERFORMANCE event

On Saturday, hear from Leeds-based Strix magazine. Just shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2018 Best Magazine category, it has published nearly a hundred writers from all over the world since its launch last year. Founders Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth introduce a pick ’n‘ mix of contributors from the first three issues.


Tickets range from £Free to £12 or you can buy a  Saturday day ticket for £30 or a weekend ticket for £44.50.

Full details are

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The Walter Swan Short Story Competition Prize Giving and Book Launch at the Leeds Library on Tuesday 22 May. A free event but booking is required. More information here.

Our Flash Fiction Slam competition is back on Tuesday 29 May at the Hyde Park Book Club. 12 slots, 5 minutes, best story wins! Our host is Jimmy Andrex, with judges Clare Fisher and John Irving Clarke. There are prizes too. Full details here

Generation Windrush: Seventieth Anniversary Symposium at Leeds Beckett University on Saturday 9 June. 

You can download the Festival Programme here.

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