Timetable 2024

Below is a timetable of the festival events. Read more about the fantastic workshops, panels and presenters on the workshop page. NB. All the workshops are in-person. We have no online events. Sign ups to all workshops will take place online a couple of weeks before the festival, when bookings are closed. We try and ensure everyone gets their first or second choice. Most workshop nos are for twenty-five or more people. Although some will be limited to 12 or less.

Friday 12th July Afternoon/Evening

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

  • How did they do it? Master Moves in Flash Fiction. Pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish Booked separately (£50) More details here..

1.00 pm onwards.

  • Check-in for those who have booked accommodation at the venue. Trinity College will check you into your accommodation until 9.00 pm. Check in also open at Churchill College.

2.00 pm onwards

  • Arrivals and socialising. Bring your own picnic to eat in the grounds. Or chill out with friends. Chicken and Vegan Paella will also be availabe from 5.00 pm. (Payment in advance)
  • Register arrival. Collect lanyards. Workshop sign-ups will be made in advance online a few weeks before the weekend.

2.00 pm – 11.30 pm

  • Bar open,run by Trinity College.

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

  • Bookshop open. Meet and Greet in the bookshop for those who haven’t been before.
    6.30 pm – 6.45 pm
  • Welcome and introduction to the Friday Evening. In Dining room

6.45pm – 7.30pm

  • Flash Fiction Readings from Festival presenters

7.30 pm – 8.00 pm

  • Two mini book launches. Details to be announced
8.00 pm till late socialising in the bar and outside in the grounds. (There is also a ‘chill-out’ room for quiet conversation). Our festival Karaoke entertainment will take place in the bar, facilitated by Helen Rye and Christopher Allen.
The bar is open until 11.30 pm and karaoke will finish then.

Saturday 13th July

8.45 am – 9.45 am
Early morning hour-long workshops.

  • Collage and Flash with Laura Marshall
  • Good Things Come in Small Packages: Creating Flash from Proverbs, with Alison Powell
  • Pare it all Down: small feedback group, with Jude Higgins
  • Workshop with Nora Nadjarian

9.45 am – 10.15 am

  • Coffee/tea in Dining Room. Meet and Greet for anyone who has not come before
    10.15 am – 10.25 am

    • Welcome, information about the weekend events including introduction to workshop facilitators. Dining Room
    • 10.30 am – 11.00 am

    • ‘The Biggest Word Cricket in the Whole Wide World’. with Vanessa Gebbie. The traditional half an hour warm up writing workshop for the entire assembly. Dining Room.

    11.05 am – 12.35 pm
    Workshop Session One. One and a half hours.

    • We Real Cool: The Collective Voice with Kathy Fish
    • Physicality in Flash: Writing the Body, with Finnian Burnett
    • Sexing it Up in Prose Poetry, with Carrie Etter
    • From Page to Karaoke Stage… with Nancy Stohlman
    • Writing A Prize Winning Story. Panel chaired by Audrey Niven with Kathryn Aldridge- Morris, Sara Hills and Marie Gethins

    1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

    2.15 pm – 3.45 pm

  • Herding Cats: How to build a collection of short fiction, with Sarah Freligh
  • Writing a Novella-in-Flash: Harnessing Everyday Life,with Michael Loveday
  • Workshop with Susmita Bhattacharya
  • Brief Encounter: Finding Story Inspiration in Films with Emily Devane
  • Shakespeare and Flash with Jo Gatford
  • 3.45 – 4,15.pm

    • Tea break
    • Bookshop open

    4.15 pm – 5.30 pm

    Workshops Sessions one hour and 15 mins

    • NFFD reading and discussion session with Diane Simmons, Karen Jones and Ingrid Jendrzjewski
    • Risk and Reward… Workshop with Ken Elkes
    • Writing the Self: Empathy versus Appropriation… with Fiona Mackintosh
    • Exercises from 52 Stories for Readers and Writers with Rosaleen Lynch

    5.30pm – 11.30 pm

    • Bar open

    5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

    • Bookshop open

    6.30 pm -7.30 pm

    • Dinner
      7.45pm – 8.15 pm. Mini book launches details to be announced
      8.15 pm to 8.30 pm Announcement of the Pokrass Prize Winner and the two runners up, plus readings of the stories

Bar open until 11.30 pm to carry on socialising inside and outside. Karaoke entertainment organised by Helen Rye, with Christopher Allen. Chill out room for quiet conversation

Sunday 14th July

8.45 am – 9.45 am.
Early morning hour-long workshops.

  • Flash and Nature with John Brantingham.
  • Intro to Writing for Well Being with Kathryn Aldridge Morris.
  • A Question of Palate and Nose with Slawka Scarso
  • ‘Supercharge your Creative Practice with Farhana Shaikh
  • Art and Flash with Anika Carpenter, Flash Cabin

9.45- am – 10.15 am

  • Tea. Dining room

10.15 am – 10.20

  • Welcome to Sunday with Jude

10.25 am – 10.55 am

  • A talk/book launch of South Asian Flash with Susmita Bhattacharya,Anita Goveas and Farhana Khalique

11.05 am – 12.35 pm
Workshops, one and a half hours.

  • We Real Cool: Storytelling in the Collective Voice with Kathy Fish
  • Smokelong Special with Christopher Allen and Helen Rye in the bar
  • Science and Flash Workshop with Ingrid Jendzrejewski
  • Murder and Radishes with Vanessa Gebbie
  • Style and Structure in the Novella in Flash. Panel with John Brantingham, Sarah Freligh, Jupiter Jones and Michael Loveday
  • 12.35 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Bar Open until 2.00 pm. Book shop open from 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm.

    1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch

    2.15 pm – 3.45pm workshops

    • Viva Voce.Writer read their dialect based stories in the bar, with Kathy Hoyle facilitating
    • Psychedlic Flash: Writing The Altered Sate with Nancy Stohlman
    • Polyphonic Flash with Alison Woodhouse
    • The Writer Self in Flash Fiction with Stephanie Carty
    • Workshop with Farhana Khalique and Anita Goveas

    3.45 pm – 4.15 pm

    • Tea. Bookshop open

    4.15 pm – 4.45.

    • Raffle prizes drawn
    • Goodbyes

Please Note: As with any large event, this programme maybe subject to alteration.

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