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The Word Factory #21 & Masterclass

The Word Factory

Saturday, 29 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

The Word Factory #21 & Masterclass

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Full Ticket   more info Ended £12.00 £0.00
Concession: Students, Senior Citizens, Unwaged & Disabled   more info Ended £8.00 £0.00
MASTERCLASS incl. Salon entry Ended £60.00 £0.00

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The Word Factory #21

The intimate short story salon


An exclusive evening of brilliant stories and conversation in the company of one of Britain's leading international authors, AS Byatt, and two rising stars: Will Cohu and Joe Dunthorne. Book early to secure your place and a free glass of wine at Waterstones' flagship store in Piccadilly. We are also launching a new series of inspiring Saturday Masterclasses starting with Joe Dunthorne in advance of the reading. A warm Word Factory welcome awaits.

  To ensure you get in, please buy your ticket online in advance. Prices include all booking and transaction costs and a glass of wine.  


  AS Byatt   Will Cohu  

AS Byatt

AS Byatt is renowned internationally for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize-Winning Possession and The Children’s Book. Her most recent book is Ragnorak: The End of the Gods, a retelling of the Norse myth. She is editor of The Oxford Book of English Short Stories. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, AS Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.


Will Cohu

Will Cohu has been twice shortlisted (and once longlisted) for the Sunday Times EFG short story award. He has written extensively about the natural world and last year his Yorkshire-based family memoir, The Wolf Pit was shortlisted for the Penn-Ackerley Prize. Next year Chatto are publishing Nothing but Grass, a novel set in the haunted Wolds of rural Lincolnshire that describes a century of love and secrets connecting a grand house, and a small town.

  Joe Dunthorne   Cathy Galvin  

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.


Cathy Galvin

Word Factory director Cathy Galvin is a journalist and writer. She co-founded the Sunday Times EFG short story award, has judged the Frank O'Connor international short story award, sits on the advisory panel of the Charleston-Chichester award for a lifetimes' excellence in short fiction, is associate editor of the Warwick Review and literary editor of Aston Martin Magazine. She edited Red, The Waterstones Anthology.

  Joe Dunthorne Masterclass

Masterclass with Joe Dunthorne

Instinct & Experiment. Award-winning novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne will get you writing throughout this intensive 3 hour masterclass. You will leave with techniques that will help you break habits and introduce strangeness and surprise into your work. Maximum 20 writers. Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly. Time: 2-5pm. Cost: £60 per person with free entrance to the evening reading included.


Short Story Club

This month: Flannery O’Connor 
A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Join us as we read a classic short tale – this month from an author who has inspired generations of writers and discuss themes, language and impact in the hour before the salon.

Simply email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story:

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When & Where

203-206 Piccadilly
W1J 9HD London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 29 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

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The Word Factory

In the beginning was the Word Factory, intimate short story salons bringing brilliant writers and readers together for wine, conversation and great work. We make writing better: creating the spaces for inspiration with a rolling programme of monthly readings and interviews. Meet our authors, join our salons and masterclasses, become a member of the short story club, support us as a Friend. If you can't join us, catch up with our video channel. Apply for our unique writing apprenticeship scheme. Together we can write the perfect ending.

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