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The Busy Writer in March: News and Opportunities

Quick! Finish your ‘To Be Read’ pile! There’s a LOT of exciting things to read, do and attend in March. (Of course, read Dance Move by Wendy Erskine first.)

Read this!

Colin Barrett might just be the true inheritor of the short story greats from Joyce, O’Connor to William Trevor. After what feels like decades [it’s been 6 years, ed.], Colin Barrett has released his second book. If you’ve been reading his pieces in the New Yorker over the years you’ll know how breathtaking this book will be. But it’s finally here! And it’s rather phenomenal. 

This is THE best book for everyone interested in short story craft. Seven of the best stories in recent years, each followed by a Paris Review-style interview with the writer discussing how they wrote it.



Listen to this!

We found out about this podcast after reading Northern Ireland’s excellent literary journal, The Tangerine. We’re always told that the best prose writers read poetry but where to get our hands on this stash of poetry?  This is the perfect trove: a five minute daily podcast of a poem a day.



Attend this!

To celebrate their first book, REVERSE ENGINEERING, Scratch Books have teamed up with the London Library to host an astonishing collection of writers on March 17th. As Chris Power has said, this is the Avengers Infinity War of short story writers. What’s lovely is this is an “in real life” and “online” event so you can attend from anywhere.
At the time of writing, there were still tickets for the physical event though we hear they are going pretty fast!
Last year we only spoke about George Saunders. This year you might have noticed we’re all about Wendy Erskine and Colin Barrett. Imagine a conversation between these two behemoths! Wait, there is one? And we can attend? In real life AND online? Well, colour me overexcited… 


Compiled by  Tom Conaghan.  If there is something you’re doing that Word Factory followers should know about, email him at tom@thewordfactory.tv


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