Winners of the 2011 Edge Hill Short Story Prize will come together for a special event as part of Liverpool’s Chapter & Verse Literature Festival.

The prestigious prize, sponsored by Edge Hill University, is awarded annually for excellence in a published short story collection.

Graham Mort who was named the winner of the overall prize, for his collection, Touch, will read alongside Tom Vowler, winner of the Readers’ Prize, judged by local schools and colleges, for his collection The Method.

In Conversation with the Edge Hill Short Story Prize-winners takes places at the Bluecoat Arts Centre on Friday 14th October, from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. During the event, the two writers will read from their work and discuss the art of the short story in the twenty-first century.

Now in its fourth year, the Bluecoat’s Chapter & Verse Festival presents a breadth of literature that appeals to all people interested in the power of the word – spoken, written, reported and performed. More than 40 writers are involved in 35 exciting events listed in the programme.

Dr Ailsa Cox, Co-ordinator of the Short Story Prize and Reader in Creative Writing and English at Edge Hill University, said: “I’m delighted that these two outstanding writers are able to join us through Chapter and Verse. Both of them bring an energy and emotional power to their stories, and characters who stay in the mind’s eye long after you’ve turned the page. I’d encourage anyone interested in a good story to join us for what promises to be a great night.”

Born in Lancashire, Graham Mort is best known as an award-winning poet, and has also written radio drama.  Now based at Lancaster University, he has run writers’ workshops in a great variety of settings, including schools, prisons and psychiatrist units. He directs the ‘Crossing Borders’ project, supported by the British Council and Lancaster University, which mentors African writers in countries including Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Tom Vowler, from Devon, was named the winner of the Scott Prize 2010 for his début short fiction collection, The Method. Since winning the Edge Hill prize, he has secured a publishing contract for his forthcoming novel, a dark psychological thriller. He is also assistant editor of the literary journal Short FICTION.

Tickets for the event on 14th October are £2/£3. To book, for further information or for a copy of the programme, visit www.thebluecoat.org.uk or ring 0151 702 5324.