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The BBC National Short Story Award 2021

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) is an award that has enriched both the careers of writers and the wider literary landscape since its launch sixteen years ago. The BBC NSSA is one of the most prestigious prizes for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in an annual anthology by Comma Press.

Join us for a very special ‘in conversation’ event with two of this year’s shortlisted writers  – Richard Smyth and Georgina Harding – who will be chatting to editor and author SJ Bradley.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 10th September 2021. The winner will be announced on Front Row at 7.15pm on Tuesday 19th October 2021.

About the authors:

Richard Smyth is a writer, critic and author of The Woodcock (Fairlight Books, 2021). His work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman and The Times Literary Supplement, and he is the author of five books of non-fiction. He lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire, with his family.

Georgina Harding is the author of six novels, including Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2021), The Spy Game (2009), which was shortlisted for the Encore Award, and Painter of Silence (2012), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Georgina Harding lives in London and on a farm in the Stour Valley, Essex.

SJ Bradley is a Leeds based writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Willesden Short Stories 7, Queen Mobs, Litro magazine, and Untitled Books. Her first novel, Brick Mother, and her second novel, Guest, are both published by Dead Ink. She is the editor of the Saboteur Award-winning anthology Remembering Oluwale, which is available from Valley Press. She is also a teacher of creative writing. She’s on Twitter at @bradleybooks.

About our bookseller:

Truman Books is an independent book shop and café on Town Street in Farsley, West Leeds. We have a carefully curated stock of new adult and children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. You will also find a selection of gifts, cards and wrapping paper. Enjoy a cup of our excellent coffee, a delicious cake, and some bookish chat!

View their Bookshop.org page.

Truman Books, 95 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5HX

0113 8056019



October 16
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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