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Lionel Shriver – A conversation at the Word Factory

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Eloise Wales


Award-winning short story writer and novelist Lionel Shriver came to read at the Word Factory Salon to discuss her latest novel The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047. Set in the US following the collapse of the dollar, The Mandibles is Lionel’s thirteenth novel, published by Harper Collins. A dystopian family drama set in the context of a financial meltdown, The Mandibles acutely questions altruism, the fiction of finance and America’s position as a global superpower. Many of Lionel’s previous novels, including her infamous Orange-award winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, mine her ‘what if’ thoughts about life. There is more…

Word Factory Apprentice Blog 2016: Divya Ghelani

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Divya Ghelani was a Word Factory apprentice in 2016 – a year of political upheaval. She recalls how she experienced some seismic shifts of her own

If 2016 was a year of political apocalypse, it was also, for me, one of personal discovery. I spent many days in isolation, reading and writing in Leicestershire libraries and coffee shops, and working on a slow trickle of freelance copywriting that still makes up my bread and butter. I’d experience the what-are-you-doing-with-your-life frowns at family gatherings, while enjoying the crazy-happy beating of my heart whenever I received news of a short story acceptance.

Amid all that, the novelist Jacob Ross suggested I apply to be an apprentice at the Word Factory. “You’re doing well,” he told me, “but you need to get out there more.” I thanked him, but told myself I didn’t need a mentor – I was writing at least 1,000 words a day. Besides, wasn’t the whole point of writing that you found your own voice? I wasn’t keen on a stranger imposing theirs onto my own, especially as mine was beginning to bloom in confidence. There is more…

Tobias Wolff – A conversation at The Word Factory

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Tony-Oulton

Tobias Wolf discussing the art of writing at the Word Factory.Listen to this exclusive podcast with one of America’s most acclaimed authors, Tobias Wolff.

In this conversation with Cathy Galvin from our Word Factory event in April 2016, Tobias reflects on the books that got him going as a reader, his early addiction with Jack London and the craft of the short story. There is more…

Post-truth and citizenship: read your work at the Word Factory

Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

Here’s your chance to read your own work at a Word Factory event on Wednesday June 7, at Waterstones Piccadilly.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words, which respond creatively to this year’s Word Factory manifesto: There is more…

A motivation masterclass with Nikesh Shukla

Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Eloise Wales

A session full of tips and tactics to make the words flow, writes the Word Factory regular Cathy Gunn Hutson

nikesh © ShamPhat Photography

© ShamPhat Photography

A box of biros accidentally scatters loudly to the floor. It doesn’t matter – they were the wrong sort, anyway. The exuberant author Nikesh Shukla (editor of the recently published collection of essays, The Good Immigrant), who is hosting the Word Factory masterclass on motivation, wants us to use BIG marker pens. There is more…