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The Northern Short Story Festival is Back

The Northern Short Story Festival is on Saturday 3rd June at The Carriageworks Theatre.

Promoting the short story form through workshops and events, popular published authors, editors and small press publishers will come together to share their stories, expertise and wisdom with you.

The festival will feature two Q&A events: Small Press Panel – What do Editors look for in a Short Story? With host Becky Cherriman and guests Teika Bellamy, (Mother’s Milk Books), Jamie McGarry (Valley Press) and Becca Parkinson (Comma Press) and  Get Published, Get Shortlisted hosted by James Nash with writers Richard Smyth, A.J. Ashworth and Liz Ottosson.

There will also be four workshops: How to Tell a Story in an Image with Sarah Dobbs; Endings in Short Stories with Zoe Lambert; Crime Writing with Jacob Ross; and Look to the Stars, astronomy-inspired writing exercises led by A.J. Ashworth.

There’s a Flash Fiction Slam competition. 9 slots, 5 minutes, best story wins!  The judges are Jimmy Andrex and John Irving Clarke.

The festival organisers are delighted to launch Leone Ross’ new short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, published by Peepal Tree Press. And also very excited to announce that they are launching The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18 at the Festival.

“We’re proud to bring the Northern Short Story Festival back for a second year, with a great line-up of writers and workshops, and affordable ticket prices that make the festival accessible for everybody,” said Leeds author and festival curator SJ Bradley.

Tickets range from £5 to £9 or you can buy a day ticket for £20. Full details can be found at

The Northern Short Story Festival is a partnership venture between the Leeds Big Bookend Festival and the Carriageworks Theatre, with additional funding from Leeds Inspired and Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.


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