Northern Short Story Festival

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Sick Face, by Lynn Bauman-Milner

Did you ever have a day when you were just sick of your own face? It comes out of the blue: you see some random stranger and the face they wear is so perfect in proportion, complexion, structure, that you realise your face is a clunky mess in comparison: a Picasso to their Rossetti. And for half an hour, half a day, half a moment, you wish you had someone […]

Northern Short Story Festival 2019 in review by Andrew Tymms

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, (well, Yorkshire) there was a short fiction festival. Legend has it that this festival took place in Leeds once a year on a weekend in early June, in a theatre known as The Carriageworks. It was the Northern Short Story Festival and people came from far and wide to experience its many delights. Upon hearing about this momentous event, one […]

Northern Short Story Festival Tickets – Book Here!

Tickets for this year’s Festival are selling fast, and some workshops have already sold out. Have you got yours yet? Visit our Festival page on the Carriageworks Box Office website to book. Saturday Day Tickets are £30, for which you get 2x workshops, and 2x reading events. To book one of these, go to Carriageworks Box Office, add a morning workshop, We Were Strangers, an afternoon workshop, and Resist! Stories […]

Northern Short Story Festival 2019 Programme Announced

  We are thrilled to announce this year’s Northern Short Story Festival programme. Taking place on Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June, the fourth Northern Short Story Festival takes place at Carriageworks Theatre. It has workshops, performances, social events, a Flash Fiction slam and a FREE “Blankety Blank” themed afterparty. There really is something for everyone! Tickets start at £4 / Free, with a Saturday day ticket (which gets […]

The Power of the Personal by workshop leader Barney Bardsley

  MEMOIR – or creative non-fiction – is enjoying a gathering popularity among contemporary readers. Why should that be? Because everyone loves a personal story, powerfully told. Despite the old-fashioned tinge of the word itself – ‘memoir’ – this form offers great imaginative possibilities to writers. Less constraining than straightforward autobiography, yet holding within it the power of a real-life experience, memoir can draw us into the world of another, in […]

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 […]

Programme Launch at Leeds Lit Fest

  The Northern Short Story Festival is thrilled to announce its 2019 Festival will take place from 31st May – 2nd June 2019. Programme details will be launched at a special event on March 6th at 6pm, at Carriageworks Theatre. 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 […]

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. […]