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Events Listing 2017


Nationality, identity and belonging are among the most powerful and divisive concepts of our times and also lie close to the heart of our humanity.

In 2017 these themes have been the common Word Factory threads, bringing together writers with the voice and language to unravel art from artifice in a programme of salon readings, events, discussions and classes culminating in a two-day Citizen: The New Story Festival in November 2017.

Confirmed writers include: Kate Clanchy. Emily Devane. Lauren Elkin. Maureen Freely. Melissa Fu. Cathy Galvin. Divya Ghelani. Ben Myers. Courttia Newland. Ra Page. Sandeep Parma. Alexei Sayle. Lionel Shriver. Nikesh Shukla. Andrew Williams. Christina Lamb. Preti Taneja. AC Grayling.

– In association with the University of Liverpool, Centre for New and International Writing. New Writing North. Comma. Lacuna. English PEN. Editorial Intelligence.

More details coming soon.

Cathy Galvin has created a remarkable community of writers around the Word Factory. Events and workshops are always worthwhile, well-organised and inspiring.

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Masterclasses & Talks

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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 a glass of wine. All salons are at Waterstones Piccadilly unless otherwise stated.

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Masterclasses & Talks Archive

Kit de Waal

Flash Fiction Genius
How to get an entire story into 250 words or less.

September 29, 2017 6:30 pm

Carys Davies

Making the Story Physical
Award-winning Carys Davies will explore the importance of physical things in the unfolding of character and story.

September 9, 2017 1:00 pm

Louise Doughty

Where the narrative leads

July 19, 2017 6:30 pm

David Mitchell

David Mitchell Unpublished

July 12, 2017 7:00 pm

David Morley

Narrative magic

June 24, 2017 1:00 pm


Metaphor and the imagination

June 14, 2017 6:30 pm

Dave Lordan

First Impressions: the basics of multimedia for writers

May 20, 2017 10:00 am

Alexander Masters

Non-fiction and the truth masterclass

May 3, 2017 6:30 pm

Paul McVeigh

Everything a debut author needs to know

March 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Salon Archive

Salon #57

New Voices
Word Factory presents an evening of brilliant new short story writing. With Tom Lee - The Alarming Palsy of James Orr (out Nov 2017); Agnieszka Dale - Fox Season (out October 2017); Catherine McNamara - The Cartography of Others (out 2018) and Melanie Whipman - Liama Sutra (winner of the Rubery book award 2017). Curated by Word Factory hosts Zoe Gilbert and Sophie Haydock.

Plus your chance to read: bring a story and put your name in the hat!

Please note: This event will be held at The Music Room, London WC1N 3HZ.

October 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Salon #56

Word Factory Showcase
An inspirational evening in the company of our 2017 Apprentice Award Winners and mentors: Alexei Sayle, Nikesh Shukla, Zoe Gilbert and Jarred McGinnis with their protégés Durre Shahwar, Avani Shah, Melissa Fu and Fergus Evans.

Bring a friend for free!

September 9, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #55

Protest, Poetry & Prose: an evening exploring the narrative of change with Kate Clanchy, Gerard Woodward and David Morley.

June 24, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #54

Not The Election: hosted by Sophie Haydock and Zoe Gilbert with guest readers Rowena Macdonald and Tamsin Cottis.

June 7, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #53

Watch your language...four radical writers respond to their sense of belonging - with Rob Doyle, Lisa Blower, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Dave Lordan.

May 20, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #52

Post-truth: explore the art of getting to the truth with Paul McVeigh, Alison MacLeod, Andrew Williams and Christine Toomey

March 25, 2017 6:00 pm

Salon #51

Four Voices: Shukla, Otoo, Guo & Hisayo Buchanan

February 25, 2017 6:00 pm