The NRG is a regular forum at which staff, research students, postgraduate alumnae and other published writers linked to Edge Hill share prose fiction in progress. We occasionally host guest speakers and participate in public readings, for instance at the ‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR). We have also been very closely involved in shortlisting and judging for the Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story. Individual members also contribute to the peer-reviewed journal, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice as board members, book reviewers and contributors.
The group was founded by Professor Ailsa Cox. Other members include A.J. Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, Carys Bray, Billy Cowan, Claire Dean, Emily Devane, Carol Fenlon, Rodge Glass, Jim Hinks, Philippa Holloway, John Rutter, Sarah Schofield and Kim Wiltshire.
Mutual support and intensive feedback for work in progress has been crucial for our own creative process, and a great deal of published and prize-winning fiction has first seen the light of day in our meetings, for instance Carys Bray’s A Song for Issy Bradley and Mere by Carol Fenlon. Stories from four members of the group have appeared in the annual Best British Short Stories series published by Salt.