Northern Short Story Festival Celebrates its 5th Birthday with a Virtual MiniFestival!

Northern Short Story Festival is delighted to announce the programme for its 5th birthday! For the first time ever, no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to join in. That’s because this year, its Summer Festival will take place online. If you have a device and an internet connection, you’ll be able to access its programme of workshops, masterclasses, and even a virtual Pub Quiz.

Set to take place on Saturday 30th May, there are 4 events: Prose Writing for Poets with Rachel Bower winner of the  Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition 2020 and The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20; Interactive Fiction with Krishan Coupland, winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize and Bare Fiction Prize; Short Story Masterclass: Using Folklore in Short Fiction with award winning writer CG Menon; and for the first time ever, you can join its virtual Pub Quiz with Saboteur shortlisted writer, poet, and Viz contributor Joe Williams.

Tickets and firther information can be found here: http://bigbookend.co.uk/nssf/whats-on/

Award winning writer Rachel Bower said, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Northern Short Story Festival this year. I’ve been so impressed by how swiftly and creatively the Festival has responded to the current crisis by moving everything online – and it’s extra exciting that people from around the world can now access the energy and talent of work from the region! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and writing, reading and chatting together about short stories!”

Festival Director SJ Bradley said, “In these uncertain times creativity is a beacon for hope, and we’re overjoyed to welcome ticketholders from all over the world to explore the short story form. Led by prizewinning authors like Rachel Bower and Krishan Coupland, the Northern Short Story Festival offers an affordable opportunity for ticketholders to learn from the best in the field. We are thrilled to host these authors, and to welcome visitors old and new to our workshops and Pub Quiz, held in our virtual pub, the Farewellto Arms.”

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend. Fiona is its Coordinator and Marketing Director of the Northern Short Story Festival.

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