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The Busy Writer in May: News and Opportunities

May. The month my ten-year-old son still can’t remember. This year, also, the month we’re allowed a little further from our homes (though please enjoy capitalism responsibly).

How should you celebrate this? Just look at all the things you can get involved in…

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The Bridport Short Story Prize is the big one. There’s the chance of representation from AM Heath as well as a VERY generous top prize.


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Jarred McGinnis is a magnificent novelist and short story writer (with his novel The Coward just out now). Join him on May 15th as we learn about the perils and delights of using the first person in your own prose. Jarred is always sparkling company so this looks to be both entertaining and edifying. Sign up here!

Catherine Menon is a long-time Word Factory friend and incredibly talented writer. We can join her live on the evening of 19th May to learn about starting and developing our research. Her new novel Fragile Monsters is getting rave reviews as well. Here’s a bonus piece of Catherine on her craft from the Penguin site.

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Nicholas Royle is the pretty much the godfather of the UK Short story. Here is a great interview with him on all his myriad endeavours.

Jon McGregor has a fantastic new novel out at the moment. He was also one half of a superb double act with Chris Power for a Word Factory event a fortnight ago. Yet also, he is author of ‘The First Punch’ – an uncanny, action-packed story that he ‘unpacks’ for us here…

Just a volcanic blast of short story brilliance.

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Another splendid and well-established podcast that  we’re pretty late in coming to. In the last few months they’ve had Word Factory chums Chris Power and  Courttia Newland on it.

If you ever get too bogged down in the technicalities of your short story writing, stop and listen to the stark relentless poetry of  HolyWhiteMountain and remember how exhilarating sheer good writing is.



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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