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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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Review: Defending the Pencil Factory, by Adam Marek

By Farhana Khalique “Daryl is taking too long with the pencil sharpener, and all down the line we are sweating…” So begins Adam Marek’s short story, Defending the Pencil Factory, and so far you might think that it’s about plucky assembly line workers threatening industrial action. Or a group of school children about to take […]

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