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Professor Cox and Mrs Power

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

“Philip Hensher claims that an afternoon reading on BBC radio wouldn’t even cover his weekly laundry bill, which makes the Professor wonder how dirty his washing can be.”

Word Factory friend and mentor Ailsa Cox is the founder of the renowned Edge Hill short story prize and the UK’s first Professor of the Short Story. Her inaugural lecture, Professor Cox and Mrs Power There is more…

Introducing our 2017 programme – Citizen: The New Story

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Citizen: the new storyNationality, identity and belonging are among the most powerful and divisive concepts of our times. They also lie close to the heart of our humanity.

In 2017, these themes will be the common Word Factory threads, weaving together writers with the language to unravel art from artifice in a programme of salon readings, events, discussions and classes culminating in a two-day festival at the end of the year. There is more…

Short Story Club: Feb 25th 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Eloise Wales

At February’s Short Story Club, we will be discussing ‘A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society’, by Helen Oyeyemi. This short story is from her collection, What is not Yours is not Yours, which was published in 2016 by Picador. Helen Oyeyemi is the author of four novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox.

In ‘A Brief History of the Homely Wench Society’, the newest member of the society resists the overtures of an admirer, who is a member of their rival society, the Bettencourts. Set at Cambridge University, Oyeyemi plays with our expectations about students, and creates a cast of characters who are never quite what we expect. Join us to talk about the author’s choice of form and style to tell a warm, surprising and humorous tale.

This year, we’re joining forces with the publishers Picador, who will curate the Short Story Club reading list over the coming year with authors from their amazing catalogue, including the American legend James Salter and the Scottish writer Kate Clanchy.

The Short Story Club meets for an hour before each Word Factory Salon at Waterstones Piccadilly, 4.15-5.15pm. It’s free to attend, but please do email to let us know if you’re planning to attend so we can accommodate everyone. There is more…

2/17: News & Opportunities Round-up

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Compiled by Editorial Manager Eloise Wales from Associate Director Paul McVeigh’s blog. A monthly listing you can’t afford to miss. See the links below.

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