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Ben Okri’s Speech from Citizen Festival 2017 in The Guardian

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by Eloise Wales

“The more unaware citizens are, the easier is it for them to be led in directions that they thought they chose but didn’t really, because they did not know what they were doing. There is no mystery to how nations fail, how they collapse. It begins with the unawareness of citizens. It begins with the ignorance of the people.”

In this extract from a speech commissioned by the International Literature Showcase and the Word Factory for the Word Factory Citizen Festival 2017, and now shared by The Guardian There is more…

The Short Story Interview: Melissa Fu

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

“Being a Word Factory Apprentice was incredible. I could go on and on about how much it meant to me and still feel I haven’t sufficiently sung its praises. The entire apprenticeship was a huge confidence booster. Writing is such a vulnerable act. Having someone say ‘Yes, we believe in you and your words. Yes, we want to help you grow,’ is one of the most nurturing and generous things established writers can do for emerging voices.” There is more…

Flash of the Month: December 2017

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

It’s hard to be believe that this is our final Citizen-themed Flash of the Month. We have received so many wonderful stories, ranging in theme from small moments in an individual’s life to epic tales of human experience on a wider scale. Thanks to everyone who sent us their words – reading them was such a privilege. It took us a little longer to decide this time but we loved Farhana Khalique’s ‘After The Crash’. This piece moved us with its vivid use of imagery, breathless prose and the wistful – yet ultimately defiant – tone that echoes long after reading There is more…

MEET THE GUILLEMOT FACTORY: WORD FACTORY’S NEW PUBLISHING PROJECT

Posted on January 17th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

Word Factory is delighted to announce the launch of a new short story illustrated pamphlet imprint in partnership with one of the UK’s most innovative independent publishers.

The Guillemot Factory will publish four new limited edition pamphlets from Adam Marek, Carys Davies, David Constantine and Jessica Greengrass this year at a series of events throughout the country. All writers will be in attendance at the Word Factory in London in October for a day of linked events including readings and master classes. There is more…