On July 16th 2011 we’ll be presenting the inaugural BSSP Short Story Festival, ShortStoryVille : a day-long celebration of the short story in its many wonderful guises at Arnolfini arts centre in Bristol. Our 2011 awards ceremony will be the final event of the festival. There will be plenty of events happening at ShortStoryVille including interviews, discussions and readings showcasing the hugely diverse and effervescent short story world. We will update as and when events are confirmed. We are aiming to make this an annual event and are really grateful to Arts Council England and Bristol City Council for their funding help which has enabled us to get plans for the inaugural ShortStoryVille off the ground.
The day will, also, include an art exhibition and an animated film created by two Bristol schools, adapted from short stories published in Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies.
We’re really excited about this particular aspect of ShortStoryVille – it’s a brilliant opportunity to bring the dynamic world of the short story to young people, encouraging them to participate in it in a really creative way. As the writers we publish will work directly with the students it, also, enables us to offer the writers the chance to interact with readers directly, to see how their writing is perceived and witness it trigger new creative works.
We piloted the schools’ project last year with an exhibition of artwork by students at Henbury School in Bristol inspired by Miranda Lewis’ story ‘Ground’, published in our first anthology. The exhibition was, also, held at Arnolfini arts centre. Miranda says about the project- “That a story of mine should live and breathe in this way once it has left my piece of paper and gone into the world is an extraordinary privilege.'”
The ShortStoryVille logo has been designed by writer, illustrator and cartoonist Joe Berger.