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Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

What began as a series of book searches for our Writer Residencies at Waterstones Piccadilly is now a brilliant list of fiction and non-fiction titles based on the 2017 Word Factory theme of Citizen: The New Story. Sourced by Word Factory members, it includes titles such as CLR James’ Letters From London, Three Moments of Explosion by China Mielville and The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla. Below are ten titles we absolutely love. What are yours? Tweet us your suggestions @WordFactoryUK with the hastag #CitizenLibrary. There is more…

‘News from Nowhere’ – A. L. Kennedy’s keynote address at European Literature Night

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

“I am a citizen of Nowhere. Intellectually, culturally and as a member of my species, I am and must be a citizen of the world.”

Word Factory friend A.L. Kennedy recently delivered a lecture to the Royal Society of Literature, reflecting on the writers’ response to the political shrinking of the concept of citizenship, to the current threats to writers in the UK. As part of our year dedicated to the place of belonging in the literary imagination, Citizen: The New Story, we are delighted to share the text of her important speech with you. There is more…

Cathy Galvin shortlisted for Inaugral Spread the Word Life Writing Prize

Posted on May 18th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Huge congratulations to Word Factory’s Founder and Director, Cathy Galvin, who has been shortlisted for the inaugural Spread The Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre for her piece, ‘The Missing Sixth’. The announcement was made this evening at a special event at Goldsmiths in London. There is more…

Lisa Blower on writing & the working class voice

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

“Let the short story keep on doing what it can do and if that means taking influence from the way we live, then what better to use ourselves as subjects?”

Lisa Blower is one of the UK’s most versatile authors, with an eye and ear for working class fiction. She will read an exclusive new story on the refugee crisis written for the Word Factory on Saturday May 20th at our salon with Rob Doyle, Stephen Morrison-Burke and Dave Lordan. As part of our year-long programme exploring the literary imagination and citizenship, each writer will explore the language of belonging – and not belonging. Here Lisa talks to Word Factory’s Rupert Dastur about the harder lessons and joys of her writing career: There is more…

Short Story Club: May 20th 2017

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Dusk and other storiesThis month’s short story is ‘Twenty Minutes’, by James Salter.

It takes almost exactly that amount of time for the action to unfold: a woman, thrown from her horse, weighs up her options and looks back at her life, as her luck runs out…

“She went over his head and as if in slow motion he came after. He was upside down – she lay there watching him float toward her. He landed on her open lap.” There is more…