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Events Listing 2016

Coming Soon: Word Factory 2017

Join us as we explore the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction in a year of interlinked debates, salons and masterclasses with – Tessa Hadley, Nikesh Shukla, Alexei Sayle, Andrew Williams, Christiana Lamb, Dave Lordan, Rob Doyle, Kate Clanchy, David Morley, Alexander Masters, Carys Davies, Louise Doughty, Jo Unwin, Carrie Kania, Hanif Kureshi, Jarred McGinnis, Zoe Gilbert, Paul McVeigh, David Almond, Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Kit de Waal, K.J.Orr, Maureen Freely, Cathy Galvin and more…

SUBLIME WOMEN

This year Word Factory has been celebrating classic and contemporary female short story writers in a year-long series of interlinked classes, salons and special events. Join us for an exciting autumn of activity. Highlights include – masterclasses with David Vann, Michele Roberts and Marina Warner. Join us with Lionel Shriver at the Small Like A Bullet one-day November festival in partnership with Mslexia magazine.

Masterclasses

Our year has been planned to inspire your creativity with classes, talks and other special events linked to our salons and short story club, all drawing on the highest quality classic and contemporary short story writing. Discounts and offers are available to all events by becoming a member of the Word Factory. We will be announcing details of membership for 2017 over the next few weeks.

Full details of the classes and talks, content, class size and price, can be found by clicking through on the ticket buttons below.

All events are held at Waterstones Piccadilly unless otherwise stated.
There will be opportunities to have your own work read in response to the programme at salons throughout the year.

Any queries, please contact Alison by email: alison@thewordfactory.tv

Masterclasses & Talks

A.L Kennedy

He, she and me: writing in and out of gender

Saturday March 19th 2pm-4pm

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Janice Galloway

Muriel Spark, heading towards the light

Saturday April 23rd 1pm-4pm

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Tobias Wolff

An evening with Tobias Wolff

Friday April 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Neil Gaiman

An evening with Neil Gaiman

Wednesday May 25th 6.30pm-8.30pm

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David Constantine

David Constantine celebrates Jean Rhys

Wednesday June 1st 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Special Free Event – An evening of celebration with The Edge Hill Prize 2016

Join the Word Factory in association with Edge Hill University as the winner of the UK's leading award for a single short story collection is announced. With additional readings from Chris Beckett, 2009 winner for The Turing Test and Jane Rogers, shortlisted 2013 for Hitting Trees With Sticks.

Tuesday July 5th, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Tessa Hadley

On Alice Munro. Open Secrets

Saturday July 9th 1pm-4pm

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Michèle Roberts

The erotica of Anaïs Nin

Saturday September 10th 1pm-4pm

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David Vann

Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter and me

Saturday October 29th 1pm-4pm

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SMALL LIKE A BULLET FESTIVAL – How to write a synopsis

A Mslexia masterclass led by editor Debbie Taylor that aims to take the pain out of writing this most daunting piece of text.

Saturday November 19th, 10am-Midday

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SMALL LIKE A BULLET FESTIVAL – Michèle Roberts

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Saturday November 19th 1pm-4pm

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SMALL LIKE A BULLET FESTIVAL – Meet the Editors

Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor chairs a panel discussion with three leading independent press editors.

Saturday November 19th, 4pm-5.30pm

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Marina Warner

Myth, magic and Angela Carter

Saturday December 10th 1pm-4pm

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Word Factory Salons

Join us throughout the year at our intimate salons for stories and literary conversation. We guarantee a warm welcome and glass of wine.

Salon #40

The Magic of Angela Carter: readings and conversation with Marina Warner and Helen Simpson.

Saturday February 27th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #41

An evening of inspiration with A.L Kennedy, K.J Orr and Word Factory readers.

Saturday March 19th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #42

Reader I Married Him: celebrate Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre with Tracy Chevalier, Helen Dunmore and Evie Wylde.

Wednesday April 13th 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Salon #43

The Katherine Mansfield Legacy with Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn. BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE

Saturday April 23rd 6pm-8pm

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Salon #44

A Sublime Summer: Jacob Ross, Lucy Caldwell & Jacob's apprentice Claire Adam. BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE

Saturday June 18th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #45

Girl Power: an evening of your new stories curated by Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock.

Wednesday June 29th 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Salon #46

An evening celebrating Alice Munro with Tessa Hadley, Ailsa Cox & Ailsa's apprentice Emily Devane.

Saturday July 9th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #47

The launch of Faber anthology, 'Sex and Death': with Peter Hobbs, Petina Gappah and Michèle Roberts

Saturday September 10th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #48

The Flannery O'Connor effect: with David Vann, Vanessa Gebbie and Divya Ghelani.

Saturday October 29th 6pm-8pm

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Salon #49

SMALL LIKE A BULLET SALON - readings from Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor, Elizabeth Baines and the sublime Lionel Shriver.

Saturday November 19th, 6pm-8pm

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Salon #50

Magic to the power of three: celebrating our glorious 50th Word Factory salon with Dame Marina Warner, Joanna Walsh and Dubravka Ugresic

Saturday 10th December 6pm-8pm

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