ICE Public Event: 22nd November 2016

Edge Hill University Press Launch

& debut publication book launch:
‘Head Land – 10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize’

Edge Hill University Press is edited by faculty from the Creative Writing Programme and was founded by James Byrne and Rodge Glass in 2015. It works with leading authors and publishers in collaborative projects to produce books in such genres as fiction, poetry and theatre. EHUP is an internationally-minded and innovative new publisher which involves a student team to produce books of exceptional quality and design. The first title is Head Land – Ten Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize (September, 2016). A second anthology of transatlantic poetry and poetics is planned for 2017.

Guest Speakers:

Adam MarekADAM MAREK – Adam  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

Carys BrayCARYS BRAY – Carys’ 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

Bio-Pic - Robert ShearmanROBERT SHEARMAN – Robert has written five short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize, and three British Fantasy Awards.  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 award-winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award. He is very proud of his association with Edge Hill – the first body to recognise his debut book, and give him the confidence to adopt short stories to his favourite medium. Visit Robert online at

Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University Dr. John Cater will introduce this event.

Headland 1HEAD 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.

This 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.

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2016

6.30pm Arrival and Refreshments – enjoy a glass of wine and a HEAD LAND cupcake
7.00pm Event Start

Venue: The Arts Centre (building 5 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions).

Registration: closed.

Brought together in one remarkable collection, Head Land presents an array of stories from writers nominated for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize, in celebration of ten years of this unique and prestigious award.

The stories here explore the domestic and the fantastic, the past and the present in writing that is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always brilliant.

This dazzling assortment demonstrates the indispensable and ever-evolving nature of the short story, featuring outstanding work by some of the very best writers in the field of contemporary fiction.

Pioneered by Edge Hill to showcase excellence in the short story form, the Prize attracts established writers competing alongside emerging voices, drawing welcome attention to fresh, compelling work from the finest single-author collections published in the UK and Ireland.

‘Without a doubt this anthology contains the most important writers from the UK and Ireland at work in the short story today. These masters of the craft often re-define what the genre can do. A hugely impressive collection of stories.’  Paul McVeigh, Co-Founder of The London Short Story Festival and author of The Good Son

Print‘As these fabulous (in all senses) stories attest, the Edge Hill Prize is a unique and vital part of the UK’s vibrant short story ecosystem, signposting the variety and brilliance of each year’s crop of short story collections.’ Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was an Upright Piano and
co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion.

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