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Short Story Club: Feb 25th 2017

At February’s Short Story Club, we will be discussing ‘A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society’, by Helen Oyeyemi. This short story is from her collection, What is not Yours is not Yours, which was published in 2016 by Picador. Helen Oyeyemi is the author of four novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox.

In ‘A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society’, the newest member of the society resists the overtures of an admirer, who is a member of their rival society, the Bettencourts. Set at Cambridge University, Oyeyemi plays with our expectations about students, and creates a cast of characters who are never quite what we expect. Join us to talk about the author’s choice of form and style to tell a warm, surprising and humorous tale.

This year, we’re joining forces with the publishers Picador, who will curate the Short Story Club reading list over the coming year with authors from their amazing catalogue, including the American legend James Salter and the Scottish writer Kate Clanchy.

The Short Story Club meets for an hour before each Word Factory Salon at Waterstones Piccadilly, 4.15-5.15pm. It’s free to attend, but please do email to let us know if you’re planning to attend so we can accommodate everyone.

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