Bath Flash Fiction Festival, Sat 24th & Sun 25th June 2017

The first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Happening on the weekend of National Flash Fiction Day UK 2017, our first year will be taking place in Bath. Our venue, The New Oriel Hall, is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk from the town centre, with wifi, disabled access and a hearing loop.The whole building is available for the festival.

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The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by the UK’s leading flash fiction practitioners and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

£150 for the whole weekend

Saturday 24th June, 10.30 am – 11.00 pm
Sunday 25th June, 9.15 am – 5.30 pm
including all workshops, talks and evening of readings, two lunches, and one evening meal
£120 for anyone bringing their own food
teas, coffee and biscuits are free for all throughout the festival
some half price and scholarship places are available here

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Workshops and talks generously funded by The Arts Council England

Vanessa Gebbie, Kit de Waal, Tania Hershman, Paul McVeigh, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, David Swann, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Christopher Fielden, Michael Loveday.
And The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Launch with Calum Kerr.
International Guest – short story, flash fiction writer and renowned writing tutor from the USA, Pamela Painter.

What’s Happening In Brief…

Announcement of prize winners of June round of Bath Flash Fiction Award; festival-long Ad Hoc Fiction micro fiction contest with prizes; Evening of Readings; raffle; meal; bar… Have a browse below and take look at our programme.


  • Workshops: An opportunity to participate in five different one and a half hour hands-on writing workshops during the weekend – from a choice of eleven.
  • Dream breakfast workshop for Sunday morning early risers.
  • Illustrated talk on contemporary flash fiction plus definitions.
  • Talk on submitting to the leading UK flash fiction journal Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.
  • An evening of flash fiction readings from our workshop leaders and others.
  • Launch of National Flash Fiction Day anthology with readings.
  • Announcement of the Bath Flash Fiction Award June 2017 Winners. Plus readings.
  • Post card fictions – postcards supplied. Write a story on the card. Post to a friend. Stamps available to buy.
  • Tablecloth texts. An opportunity to scribble your gems on the paper tablecloths and napkins. Why not write a 100 word drabble, a 50 word dribble, or even a 6 word story. The best fictions will published on the festival site after the event.
  • Book sales – books written by our workshop leaders plus pamphlets, magazines and A3 writing maps.
  • Bar open from lunch time through to evening Saturday and lunch time to 4.00 pm Sunday.
  • Free tea, coffee and cake.


  • Cliché Cabin – take our colossal cliché challenge – one of the workshops on offer. With Christopher Fielden in the cosy outside cabin, Stories you write will be published in print and digital book sold to support the charity Book Aid International which supplies books to libraries in Africa.
  • Sunshine Short-Shorts. Sign up for the open-mic reading opportunity in the intimate outside yard.

Other Events

  • A Festival Long Ad Hoc Fiction Micro Fiction contest. In the same style as the usual weekly Ad Hoc Fiction contest.
  • Raffle – all proceeds donated to Book Aid International a UK based library development charity working in Sub-Saharan Africa. We’re collecting prizes now. Meg Pokrass has generously donated a month of flash fiction mentoring and we’ve others in the pipe-line. Let us know if you want to donate a prize.
  • After the festival has finished, submit a flash fiction you started in the festival for the possibility of being in our Festival of Flash Fiction eBook.


  • We’re using award-winning local caterer Ben Sibbald at The food he supplies is wonderful. Buy the £150 all-in festival package with meals included and you will get two lovely lunches and a two course evening meal.
  • Lunch will include summery vegetarian soups and Bertinet breads, quiches, tortillas, deli salads and traybaked cakes.
  • Evening meal menu – details to be confirmed – will include delicious vegetarian and non vegetarian main courses, cheeses served with figs grapes, walnuts, hand made crackers and Bertinet breads. Apple and Ginger Party Pie and chocolate puddings. Gluten and dairy free diets catered for.

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