Tuesday 22nd November 6.30pm
Head Land : Edge Hill University Press Book Launch
10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize
Tickets are FREE
6.30pm – refreshments
7.15pm – Event starts
Introduced by Dr John Cater, Vice Chancellor, Edge Hill University
Head Land is the debut publication by Edge Hill University Press, a celebration of the unique Edge Hill Short Story Prize, which is awarded annually to the best single-author collection of short stories by an author from the UK and Ireland.
Edge Hill has long been a home to devotees of the short story, and in 2016 the Prize itself is ten years old, so it seemed natural to use the launch of the Press to draw attention to a selection of the authors who have been awarded the Prize in the last ten years, also some past winners of the student-judged Reader’s Prize and a number of shortlisted authors too. Together, this anthology represents the very best of those writers at work in the short story form in these islands in the 21st Century.
Adam Marek is the author of two short story collections: Instruction Manual for Swallowing and The Stone Thrower. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4, and in many magazines and anthologies, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. Visit Adam online at www.adammarek.co.uk
Carys Bray’s debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize. Her first novel A Song for Issy Bradley was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize. It won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Utah Book Award. Her second novel The Museum of You was recently published. Carys has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University. She lives in Southport with her husband and children. She is working on a third novel. Visit Carys online at www.carysbray.co.uk
Robert Shearman has written five short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill University Readers Prize, and three British Fantasy Awards. He began his career in the theatre, and was resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award, the inaugural Sophie Winter Memorial Prize, and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in association with the Royal National Theatre. He is a regular writer for BBC Radio, and his own interactive drama series The Chain Gang has won two Sony Awards. But he is probably best known for his work on Doctor Who, bringing back the Daleks for the BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award. He is very proud of his association with Edge Hill – they were the first body to recognise his debut book, and give him the confidence to adopt short stories as his favourite medium. Visit Robert online at http://robertshearman.com/
The event has been organised by the Department of English, History and Creative Writing, and is supported by ICE, Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise.
Tickets for this event FREE. Please book onlineor via the Box Office.
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