Short Stories Aloud – an exciting new addition to the Oxford literary scene

Post event wrap: An excellent new format in a great venue – both actors read long pieces from each of the authors and the conversation with DW Wilson and Roshi Fernando was relaxed, informative, very honest and fun. It definitely had a different rhythm and feel to a traditional author reading, which is no bad thing. A huge pat on the back to Sarah for having the initiative to start Short Stories Aloud and for being a vivacious host and interviewer. There was cake as well! Next one is on 29th May – it will be most excellent

I heard about Short Stories Aloud whilst working at the Lit Fest a couple of weeks ago and was immediately intrigued and excited. Sarah Franklin is organising this new venture and I really want to do what I can to help spread the word. Sarah has run a similar event in Seattle previously, here is what she says:

“Join us at the Old Firestation on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30pm for a brand new monthly literary event for Oxford. ‘Short Stories Aloud’ involves professional actors reading aloud short stories, followed by chat and discussion with the authors and actors. The theme for the evening is ‘Strangers in a strange land’; it’s a land we’ve all been to and one we’re pretty much universally glad we’ve left.

We’ve got a brilliant line-up for the first show: DW Wilson won the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award, the youngest-ever winner at just 26. His debut short story collection, Once You Break A Knuckle, publishes this month. Roshi Fernando was shortlisted last year for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for a tale from her collection Homesick.

There’s no other event of this kind in Oxford; come and help us shape it. Tickets are £5 from We Got Tickets, or on the door.”

Here is a piece from the Oxford Mail.

I hope that this whets your appetite and that you choose to come along and support this new initiative…


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