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The Word Factory #8

A night of short stories, conversation & wine


As the days start to lengthen, come and enjoy a spell-binding evening of story-telling from award-winning authors and emerging new voices at London’s most intimate literary venue. All the excitement of our events, readings, interviews, writers tips and recommendations are captured at our new website: www.thewordfactory.tv

Saturday, 23rd March

6-8pm at: The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place, Soho, W1F OJF

£10 on the door

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  Hassan Blasim photo Joe Dunthorne photo Lane Ashfeldt photo Stuart Evers photo  

Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi poet, award-winning filmmaker and short story writer now based in Finland. Hassan was recently described by The Guardian newspaper as 'perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive'. His forthcoming second collection from Comma, The Iraqi Christ, has been awarded one of English Pen's four Writers In Translation awards.

Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into fifteen languages and made in to a film by Richard Ayoade. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber. His second novel, Wild Abandon (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin), was published in 2012 and won the Encore Award.

Lane Ashfeldt

Lane Ashfeldt’s first short fiction collection SaltWater, published 2013, is ‘an accomplished collection by a writer who has mastered the craft’ (Clem Cairns, Fish Publishing, Ireland). Short stories by Lane have won international prizes in Ireland, England, the US and Greece.

Stuart Evers

Stuart Evers’ debut collection, Ten Stories About Smoking, won the London Book Award 2011. Originally from the North West of England, he now lives in London.

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Hassan's visit is supported by the Finnish Literature Exchange as part of the Reel Iraq Festival.



We will spring into abundant life in April. For one night only, Word Factory will fill the Elizabethan chamber of Sutton House in Hackney with poetry, stories and song as we explore story and voice with Mercury Prize nominated Sam Lee, Vanessa Gebbie, Tom Lee and Katy Evans-Bush on April 19th. Closer to home, The Society Club will host an evening with Lionel Shriver will read stories and an extract from her new novel, Big Brother – on April 27th. Anyone attending our writing and publishing seminar on the art of the short story earlier in the day with Michele Roberts, Adam Marek, literary agent Carrie Kania and Cathy Galvin will have free admission to the reading. More details to follow. And look out for Naomi Alderman, Helen Simpson and Kevin Barry as summer draws near and other information at www.thewordfactory.tv

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Cathy Galvin

Cathy founded The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and The Word Factory. Her anthology of new writing, Red, is currently on sale at Waterstones.com and this year she is a judge for the Frank O’Connor short story award.

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