Workshop leader Sarah Dunnakey on writing Yorkshire-set historical mystery The Companion

  “CHILD COMPANION WANTED age 6-7, for boy 7 Capt. Hall, M.F.H., St Breward, Bodmin” The brief notice in a 1938 edition of The Times newspaper was squeezed between adverts for a Cornish hotel and ‘Miss Oliver’s High Colonic Irrigation’. I don’t know to this day how I spotted it. I wasn’t even supposed to be reading the personal columns. I was doing research for my job as a TV […]

Academician Jean Davison’s Festival preview

  I’ve ringed the dates on my calendar with a fancy purple marker pen (not that I could forget!). The leaves are already bristling with the promise of exciting events at the forthcoming NoShoSto Festival. Here are just three which I’m particularly looking forward to. On Saturday 1st June, 2pm, the award winning short story writer C G Menon will be running a workshop called ‘Credible and Compelling Writing’. Through […]

Workshop leader Courttia Newland chooses his 3 favourite place-centred short stories

A sense of place anchors a short story. Expertly created, a sense of location places our feet in the world of the short story, and makes the reader feel that they have really ‘been there.’ We asked award-winning short story writer Courttia Newland, recent guest editor of The Good Journal, to tell us about his favourite three stories that use a sense of place.  Delhi, Vandana Singh (Read for free […]

Naomi Booth + Northern Short Story Festival Academy Showcase

Sunday 2nd June, 1.30 – 2.30 Northern Short Story Festival Academy Showcase + Naomi Booth [£4 / FREE] The Northern Short Story Festival is proud to support & develop 12 new short story writers. Featuring prizewinning short story writers, Pushcart nominees, a Best of British Short Stories author, and poetry slam champions, this event showcases just what it is that makes our Academy members so special. Come along to hear […]

Saturday 1st June: We Were Strangers – Stories Inspired by Unknown Pleasures

  Formed in 1976 in Salford, Joy Division are one of the most influential and best-loved bands Britain has produced. They developed a unique sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the late-1970s post-punk movement. The We Were Strangers anthology (Confingo publishing) delivers a thoughtful, absorbing and intense response almost 40 years on. “These collected stories are achingly modern” The Guardian. Featuring authors Richard V. Hirst, […]

Saturday 1st June, Fiction Blankety Blank! 5.30-8.30 [FREE EVENT]

Saturday 1st June, 5.30-8.30, The Victoria Pub. FREE “Last night I dreamed I went to…. [BLANK] again…” Come and join us for a round of Fiction Blankety Blank, hosted by Ian ‘Les Dawson’ Harker of Strix magazine. This event will be held at The Victoria Pub on Great George Street, where food & drink are served. This is a FREE event and we very much hope you will join us. […]

Resist: Stories of Uprising, Saturday 1st June, 4.30-5.30, £4/ FREE

Saturday 1st June, 4.30-5.30, Carriageworks Studio Theatre Resist: Stories of Uprising Reading & Q&A – Comma Press Hosted by James Nash. Building on the success of Comma’s previous project, Protest, this anthology challenges 20 acclaimed authors to get under the skin of key moments of British protest. Working closely with historians, crowd scientists, and activists, these stories reimagine events through the eyes of the people involved, and take in every […]

Northern Short Story Festival Programme Launches at Leeds Lit Fest

We are thrilled to launch our 2019 Festival programme at the first ever Leeds Lit Fest, on Wednesday March 6th at Carriageworks Theatre, 6pm. Described as “revelatory, educational, inspiring”, the Northern Short Story Festival, now in its fourth year, is the North’s only dedicated Short Story Festival. Host to a diverse range of prizewinning publishers and authors, the festival has won plaudits for its innovative programming and affordable, accessible ethos. […]

News: Eminent Chinese author Yan Ge leads writing workshop at Carriageworks Theatre

Surrealism in Fiction Workshop with Yan Ge The Northern Short Story Festival is thrilled to be hosting top Chinese author Yan Ge in Leeds for a “Surrealism in Fiction” workshop, and Salon. Saturday 9 February 2019, 1- 4pm at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Tickets/ £16. Available from Carriageworks website. Subsidised* tickets £5. Email us to book.  (northernshortstoryfestival at gmail.com) Surrealism in fiction: being magical, whimsical or uncanny. As soon as storytelling was […]

Review: Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya

Writer Judy Birkbeck reviews Table Manners, by Susmita Bhattacharya, published by Dahlia Publishing, 2018. Susmita Bhattacharya’s first collection ranges between India, Cardiff and Singapore and other places, and focuses on family relationships and cultural differences or the clash between generations, but above all the treatment of women in various societies. In Summer of Learning, a girl and her parents experience difficulties when visiting the father’s family in India on a long-planned […]