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London’s Word Factory is the national organisation for short story excellence. Run by writers, not for profit but for passion. Word Factory is for everyone who loves stories, bringing brilliant writers and readers together for conversation and fun. Meet our authors, join our masterclasses and make use of our advice, news and information.

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Love Letters to Libraries: Ali Smith with Cathy Galvin

On 28th September, Word Factory’s director, Cathy Galvin will be in conversation with Ali Smith at the Small Wonder Festival. Ali Smith is the fourth recipient of the the only award to recognise long-standing creativity and achievement in the short story genre, the Charleston Small Wonder Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction. Her […]

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