We’ll be marking the launch of the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize with an event at Foyles Bookshop in Bristol on October 18th. The fun starts at 6.15pm.There will be readings from some great short story scribes and the good people at Foyles have promised wine and general merriment, too. It’s free entry and a fantastic opportunity to hear the work of some great writers. Appearing on the night will be :
Emily Bullock, winner of the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize. Emily attained a distinction from the UEA Creative Writing MA, is currently tutoring for the Open University in Literature and Creative Writing and working on a Creative Writing PhD, also with the Open University. Emily’s work has been published in Stinging Fly, Molotov Cocktail and many other online and print publications.
Jonathan Pinnock, whose debut novel ‘Mrs Darcy Vs the Aliens‘ has recently been published by Proxima books. Jonathan was shortlisted for the 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize.He has won several prizes for his short stories and poetry as well as being published in a wide range of places including Litro, Every Day Fiction and Necrotic Tissue. Jonathan’s debut short story collection ‘Dot(.), Dash(-)’ will be published by Salt next year.
Tania Hershman, whose debut collection The White Road and Other Stories, was commended in the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers – founded The Short Review in 2007 to shine the spotlight on short story collections and their authors. Tania has recently completed a fiction-writer-in-residence at Bristol University’s Science Faculty and has been awarded an Arts Council grant for a collection of biology-inspired short fiction. Tania’s award-winning stories and flash fiction have been published online and in print and broadcast on Radio 4. Tania was on the judging panel for both the 2010 and 2011 Bristol Short Story Prizes.
Alan Toyne, shortlisted for the inaugural Bristol Short Story Prize for his story ‘Tuesday Night’. He was the joint winner of the Guardian and Radio 5’s Young Travel Journalist of the Year Award in 1997. Alan has written several novellas inspired by his extensive travelling experiences and been published in a number of places including the 2005 Bristol Tales anthology.
The launch is part of the inaugural Bristol Festival of Literature. Check the website for all that’s happening at this exciting 10-day event.