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An Evening of Readings

with Paul McVeigh, Sarah Hilary and  Rachel Heath

St James Wine Vaults, Bath, Saturday 17th October, 7.30-10.00 pm

This was a really fun evening. All the  authors are great readers. If you have a chance to hear them read, we recommend it. And we also recommend reading their novels. They all know how to write a cracking story.

Paul McVeigh is  co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and Associate Director of The Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story salon. His short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work on BBC Radio 5 at the International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna, the Belfast Book Festival and the Cork International Short Story Festival. He will be reading extracts from his novel The Good Son which was published to acclaim in April by Salt Publishing and has recently been shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker’ Prize.

Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer’s Book of the Month (“superbly disturbing”), a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the Marnie Rome series is out now. Sarah will read from both books on the night.

Rachel Heath Rachel worked as an editor in publishing, and then as a literary consultant for television and as a reader before writing her first book. Her first novel, The Finest Type of English Womanhood was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2009 and for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2010. Her second novel is Part of the Spell. She is also a contributor to the short story anthology The Best Little Bookclub in Town She has three children, and lives in Bath.

That Killer First Page

Paul McVeighThis  three-hour workshop  on October 17th 2015 in Bath with Paul McVeigh was a great success. 22 people found out how to make a strong impression with the first page of their short stories.  Paul’s a co-founder of the  London Short Story Festival,  Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story salon and  a reader and judge for national and international short story competitions. We hope to have him down in Bath again to run another of his great workshops.


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Winners 2015

The shortlist this year was judged by  literary agent Carrie Kania and our 2015 winners were announced in July. Read Carrie’s comments and the  winning and commended writers’  biographies here

£1000 1st Prize: ‘That Summer’ by Safia Moore,

£200 2nd Prize: ‘Dancing to the Shipping Forecast’ by Dan Powell,

£100 3rd Prize:‘The Woman of Letters’ by Angela Readman,

£50 Local  Prize, sponsored by Mr B’s Emporium , Bath: ‘The Three Kings’ by K M Elkes ,

£50 Acorn Award for an unpublished writer, sponsored by Writing Events Bath : ‘Last Rites’ by Lucy Corkhill

Commended:‘Hummingbird Heart’, Eileen Merriman

Commended: ‘The She-Wolves’, Barbara Weeks

Read Carrie’s comments on the shortlist and the bios of the three other shortlisted  writers here

Anthology Titles

Our 2015 anthology, published again by the Self Publishing Partnership Bath under their Brown Dog imprint, will be out in October and available to buy in print on this website, from bookshops in Bath and elsewhere, and digitally. There will be twenty stories in the book – ten by all our winning and shortlisted writers this year and ten more from the longlist. All listed here:

That Summer by Safia Moore; Dancing to the Shipping Forecast by Dan Powell; The Woman of Letters by  Angela Readman; The Three Kings by Ken Elkes, Last Rites by Lucy Corkhill, Hummingbird Heart by Eileen Merriman; The She-Wolves by Barbara Weeks; Boy Uncharted by Sophie Hampton; Lilith by Sara Collins; The Ends of the Earth by Emma Seaman; Death in the Nest by Debbi Voisey; Lips by John Holland; Ruby Shoesmith, click, click, click by Emily Devane; Sand by Anna Metcalfe; The Witching Hour by Anne Corlett; Cargo by Alice Falconer; Ruby Slippers by Chris Edwards-Pritchard; Mosquito Press by Adam Kucharski; Big and Brie by Fran Landsman; The Quiet Numb of Nothing by Fiona Mitchell.