The Art of Short Fiction

Flash fiction, short stories, prose poems: all seem to be thriving these days. Three young specialists in the short form – Joe Dunthorne, Max Sydney Smith and Xanthi Barker – read extracts from their work and discuss their methods. Host Charlotte Newman. Organised in collaboration with Rough Trade Books.

Joe Dunthorne's debut novel 'Submarine' was adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, 'Wild Abandon', won the Encore Award. His latest is 'The Adulterants'. A collection of his poems, 'O Positive', was published in 2019 by Faber & Faber.

Xanthi Barker's fiction has appeared in Litro, Mslexia and Bare Fiction as well as various anthologies. Her piece 'Paradoxical' was highly commended in the 2018 Spread the Word Life Writing Prize. Her novelette 'One Thing' was published in 2019 by Open Pen.

Max Sydney Smith graduated with an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths in 2015. His flash fiction pamphlet, 'Without Seeming to Care at All', has just been published by Rough Trade Books.

Saturday 22 February 2020, 11am-12noon, The Arden Theatre. £5

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