The Word Factory #24
To ensure you get in, please buy your ticket online in advance. Prices include all booking and transaction costs and a glass of wine.
The intimate short story salon
Enjoy a warm welcome at our June salon in the company of three inspirational authors: Val McDermid, entertaining with story and song, with readings from poet, novelist and storyteller Vanessa Gebbie (she’s also taking this month’s Saturday Masterclass) and rising star Carys Bray. All will join Cathy Galvin in conversation about their writing lives. Book early to secure your place and a free glass of wine at Waterstones’ flagship store in Piccadilly.
Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid has been translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide. She has written 27 bestselling novels;The Skeleton Road – her 28th – will be published by Little, Brown in September. In March she published her retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
Vanessa Gebbie has won awards for her novel, short stories, flash fiction and poetry, including a Bridport Prize and The Troubadour Prize. She is author of two short fiction collections, Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning and a poetry collection,The Half-life of Fathers. She is contributing editor to the text bookShort Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story, editions 1 and 2.
Carys Bray’s debut short story collection Sweet Home won the Scott Prize in 2012. Her debut novel A Song for Issy Bradley is published by Hutchison this month. Carys teaches at Edge Hill University where she is completing a Creative Writing PhD. She lives in Southport with her husband and four children.
Word Factory director Cathy Galvin is a journalist and writer. She co-founded the Sunday Times EFG short story award and sits on the advisory panel of the Charleston-Chichester award for a lifetimes' excellence in short fiction. She is associate editor of Newsweek magazine.