We’re delighted to announce the line up for this year’s ShortStoryVille – an exciting day-long event celebrating the dynamic world of the short story. It takes place at Arnolfini arts centre in Bristol on Saturday July 14th.
One of the many highlights of the day will be some stunningly original work from pupils at 3 Bristol schools. Media students from Fairfield, Henbury and Redland Green schools have created animated responses to Ian Burton’s short story ‘The Bovine Histories’ first published in last year’s Bristol Short Story Prize anthology. The films will be shown from 12.00pm throughout the day in Arnolfini’s Dark Studio. (free)
In Arnolfini’s Light Studio, Art students from Henbury School will exhibit original mixed media prints inspired by Joanna Campbell’s short story ‘Struthio Camelus’ published in our Volume 3 anthology in 2010. (free)
The short story action downstairs in Arnolfini’s cinema begins at 12.00 pm with more work from some Bristol students. A group of students at Fairfield School have been writing their own short stories under the guidance and inspiration of one of the U.K.’s finest short story writers, Tania Hershman, author of the celebrated collections ‘The White Road and Other Stories’ (Salt) and ‘My Mother Was An Upright Piano’ recently published by Tangent Books and longlisted for this year’s Frank O’Connor Prize. Tania will introduce the students and their stories and also read some of her own. Free but ticketed
At 1.30 in the cinema the writer critic and broadcaster, Bidisha, chairs a discussion on the massive impact of Angela Carter’s trail-blazing 1979 short story collection ‘The Bloody Chamber’. It’s 20 years since Angela Carter died but her influence, particularly in short stories continues to grow. Bidisha is joined by Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts from the English Department at the University of the West of England and 2 brilliant writers destined for great things: Cassandra Parkin (winner of the 2011 Scott Prize) and Kirsty Logan both of whom cite Angela Carter as a major influence on their work. Tickets £4
3.30- 4.30 (cinema) What does the explosion in digital short story publishing mean for writers and readers? Writer and Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, Patricia McNair, chairs a discussion on the growth of digital short story publishing with a panel of cutting edge publishers – Ra Page of short story powerhouse Comma Press, Bea Moyes of digital publisher Ether Books and Dan Franklin, Digital Publisher at Random House who have recently launched their own digital short story imprint ‘Story Cuts’. Tickets £4
5.00 – 6.00 (cinema)Bloomsbury have declared 2012 as their ‘Year of the Short Story’ and former Random House editor Ali Reynolds who now runs her own literary consultancy in Bristol will introduce 3 stunning writers whose debut collections have all been published by Bloomsbury this year : Roshi Fernando, D W Wilson and Lucy Wood. Tickets £4
The day finishes with the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony, when this year’s winning story will be revealed and Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 5 officially launched.
We are extremely grateful for funding and support from Arts Council England, Arnolfini and The Bristol Hotel in making this exciting event happen.