Friday 26th May
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
late bar, free nibbles
St James' Wine Vaults
10 St James Street
We've another great line-up of six flash fiction writers who will each read a selection of short fictions for ten minutes each. There's a break after the first three readers for drinks, nibbles and chats.
Reading this time, two of our regulars, Meg Pokrass and KM Elkes plus new to the reading series Joanna Campbell, John Holland and Tracy Fells. Jude Higgins organiser of the Bath Flash Fiction contests and of these events will also be reading.
Come to hear a huge variety of flash fiction. It's always a lot of fun. We'd love to see you there.
Meg Pokrass is a flash fiction writer, poet, writing tutor and Flash Fiction Editor and Curator at Great Jones Street. Her books include flash fiction collections, Bird Envy (2014), Damn Sure Right (Press 53 2011) and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down (Etruscan Press 2016) and an award-winning book of prose poetry Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Book Award Winner 2015). Among her many other publications, she has a flash-fiction novella and essay on the form in My Very End of the Universe, Five novellas in flash and a Study of the Form published by Rose Metal Press. Meg has recently moved from the United States to England. She is judge of the current Bath Flash Fiction Award and also judge of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award.
Jude Higgins launched the international Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2015. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, co-runs the Bath Short Story Award and has been teaching creative writing at Writing Events Bath since 2009. Her flash fictions are published in Great Jones Street, The New Flash Fiction Review, The Blue Fifth Review, The Nottingham Review, National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies, Flash Frontier, Halo and Severine literary magazines, among others. She has won prizes and been listed in many short story and flash fiction competitions and her debut flash fiction pamphlet, The Chemist’s House is forthcoming from V Press in 2017.
Joanna’s stories have appeared in numerous competition anthologies and literary magazines. In 2015, Brick Lane Publishing released her debut novel, Tying Down The Lion, and she also became the winner of The London Short Story Prize. In 2016, her solo short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, was published in hardback by Ink Tears. It was subsequently short-listed for The Rubery International Book Award and is currently on the long-list for The Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her novella-in-flash A Safer Way to Fall will be published this year. See more of her work on joanna-campbell.com and tweet her @PygmyProse.
KM Elkes began writing in 2012 and his work has since been published in more than 15 anthologies (including Bath Short Story and the National Flash Fiction Day anthologies). He has won short fiction prizes in Ireland, the UK and North America, including the Fish Prize for flash and been shortlisted twice for the Bridport Prize. His stories have appeared in literary magazines including Structo, Litro, Nottingham Review, Brittle Star, Bare Fiction and in Unthology 10. He also teaches flash fiction and has nearly finished his first collection. He is the current editor for the A3 Review Arts Magazine and offers an editorial critique service for short fiction writers.
Tracy Fells lives in glorious West Sussex. Her short stories have appeared in Firewords and Popshot, online at Litro New York, Short Story Sunday and in anthologies such as Willesden Herald, Rattle Tales, Fugue and A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers, Willesden Herald, Brighton and Fish Short Story prizes. Tracy is a fierce flasher and last November wrote a new flash story every day. She lurks on Twitter @theliterarypig.
The recent First-Prize winner of the Inktears Short Story Contest, John Holland started writing short stories and flash fiction when he was 59, and, having had the wing mirrors stolen from his car, hasn’t looked back since. John is also the organiser of the twice-yearly event, Stroud Short Stories, described by the Cheltenham LitFest programme as ‘possibly the best short story event in the South West’ – a line he wrote himself.
Book early to avoid disappointment. We're looking forward to a great evening of flash.