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STRIKE! Short Story Club

We are thrilled to be sharing stories with the STRIKE! Short Story Club. Our monthly sessions are currently online and we are taking the opportunity to evolve our wonderful community of readers.

Stories shared will be an eclectic range of classic and contemporary short fiction. We are interested in translated work; modern and historical fiction; and British and international writers. The group will explore themes, characters, language and craft. We are passionate about short stories and keen to build on the warm, inclusive atmosphere fostered by Zoe and Sophie before us. It is an enormous privilege to celebrate reading, slowly and carefully, and we look forward to hearing the thoughts and insights of our brilliant Word Factory short fiction community. We hope you will join us!

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Divya Ghelani

Divya GhelaniDivya Ghelani is a freelance writer and editor. She is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA. A former Word Factory Apprentice, Divya has published stories on BBC Radio 4, in Litro, Barelit, and more. Divya is a workshop leader and has taught short fiction for various writer development platforms. She runs a yearly New Fiction By Women & Non-Binary BIPOC Reading Series for @thereaderberlin and is working on the completion of her first novel, which has been longlisted and shortlisted for four literary awards. She is represented by The Good Literary Agency. Find her on Twitter @DivyaGhelani or Instagram @DivyaGhelani or visit www.divyaghelani.com

Emily Devane

Emily DevaneEmily Devane is a writer, teacher and editor. Her short fiction is widely published, most recently in New Flash Fiction Review and Best Microfiction Anthology (2021). Emily recently came third in the Smokelong Quarterly Grand Micro Contest. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, a Northern Writers’ Award, and has been twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Emily is a former Word Factory Apprentice. She teaches creative writing workshops and courses (@MoorWords) and is an editor at historical flash fiction journal

@FlashBackFiction. Find her on Twitter @DevaneEmily.

Stories we’ve discussed

  • Zora Neale Hurston: Sweat
  • JD Salinger: A Perfect Day for Banana Fish
  • Miranda July: The Metal Bowl
  • Alison MacLeod: Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld
  • Lydia Davis: How Shall I Mourn Them and Jury Duty
  • Taiye Selasi: Driver
  • Eley Williams: Attrib.
  • Irenosen Okojie: Gunk
  • James Salter: Twenty Minutes
  • Helen Oyeyemi: A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society
  • Tobias Wolff: Bullet in the Brain
  • Muriel Spark: The Twins
  • AL Kennedy: Touch Positive
  • Angela Carter: Gun for the Devil
  • Sarah Hall: Vuotjarvi
  • Katherine Mansfield: Bliss
  • Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants
  • Roald Dahl: The Great Automatic Grammatizator
  • Tessa Hadley: One Saturday Morning
  • Italo Calvino: All at One Point
  • Shirley Jackson: The Lottery
  • Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
  • John Burnside: Slut’s Hair
  • Angela Carter: Peter and the Wolf
  • Colin Barrett: The Clancy Kid
  • Lucy Wood: Lights in Other People’s Houses
  • George Saunders: In The End of Firpo in the World
  • Zadie Smith: Moonlit Landscape with Bridge
  • Hassan Blasim: The Iraqi Christ
  • Steven Millhauser: In the Reign of King Harad IV
  • Flannery O’Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • James Salter: Comet
  • Alice Munro: The Moons of Jupiter