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Everybody’s Reading Festival: Leicester Writes Short Story Salon

September 29, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


This exclusive event, curated especially for Everybody’s Reading, will bring together the region’s most talented short story writers for the first time. Leicester’s writers have been involved in a number of prizes in recent years. Here they will read from their prize-winning stories and share the art of writing successful short stories.

Our debut short story salon will feature Rebecca Burns, Laura C. Clark, Siobhan Logan and Mark Newman.

Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories and fiction. Her work has been published in over thirty online and print journals. She has won or been placed in many competitions including the Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition. Her debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barrmundi, was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Award. Her second collection, The Settling Earth (2014) was also longlisted for the Edge Hill. Her debut novel, The Bishop’s Girl, was published in 2016, and her third collection of short stories, Artefacts and Other Stories, appeared in 2017, both again published by Odyssey Books. Her second novel is due to be released in September 2018.

Laura C. Clark lives in Leicester, where she is an English teacher and a writer with an MA in creative writing. She writes short fiction, often speculative or dark in theme. Her story Recruitment was published in Monster, an anthology of literature by Nottingham writers. She was shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2016. Her story The Dark Instruments was published in The Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt). All work is currently published under her maiden name of Pocock. Laura is currently writing a collection of short stories and planning a novel for young adults.

Siobhan Logan‘s poetry/prose collections Firebridge to Skyshore and Mad, Hopeless and Possible are published by Original Plus. Her work ranges across media from page to performance, with stories and poems appearing in numerous anthologies and magazines. A digital narrative, Philae’s Book of Hours, was published by the European Space Agency website. Logan teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University and the Writing School.

Mark Newman has won the Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize, the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Short Story Competition and is a four-time winner of the Retreat West Short Story Competition. He has also been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award and his work has won competitions judged by Alison Moore, Tania Hershman and David Gaffney. He is currently seeking a home for his debut short story collection Before There Were Houses, This Was All Fields.

This event has been generously funded by Everybody’s Reading. Everybody’s Reading is a festival of all things reading, taking place in schools, libraries and venues across the city. The 2018 festival takes place across nine days from September 29th – October 7th.

If you would like more information please email Farhana on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk


September 29, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Satta Hashem Hall
Leicester Adult Education College
Leicester, England LE1 6HL United Kingdom


Leicester Writes