Our 2018 programme described below, gives you an indication of all the activities to expect next year. It worked very well for everyone and the programme in 2019 will have very similar features. We will be adjusting various things to take account of feedback from participants who came in 2018.

Friday 20th July Afternoon/Evening

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. Afterwards Festival Team.

2.00 pm onwards
Bring your own picnic to eat in the grounds.Stalls for food. Indian Head Massage.
Sign in. Collect lanyards. Check workshop registration lists with Festival Team

5.00 pm-11.00 pm
Bar open.
6.20 pm Welcome to Friday evening events. Dining room

6.30 pm onwards in Dining room or bar
6.30 pm Readings from winners and stories published in Ellipsis magazine introduced by founder Steve Campbell
7.00 pm Readings from Molotov Cocktail Lit Ezine winners introduced By Josh Goller and Mary Lenoir Bond Founders of Molotov Cocktail
7.30 – 8.30 pm Readings and festival launch of NFFD 2018 Anthology ‘Ripening’ introduced by NFFD Director,Santino Prinzi and team
8.45 pm – 9.45 pm Open mic facilitated by Michael Loveday

Saturday 21st July

9.00 am – 10.00 am

  • Free-write warm up: Visual prompts and written prompts to inspire you in lecture rooms one, two and three.
  • Yoga and Writing with Alison Powell — possibly outside.
  • Visualisation sessions with Karen Jones. Front room
  • Dreams into Fiction with Jude Higgins

9.30 am – 10.45 pm

  • Book shop open in Dalton Room.
  • Coffee/tea in Dining Room.

10.45 am – 11.00
Welcome, information about the weekend events and introduction to workshop facilitators. Dining Room.

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

  • ‘Submitting Your Flashes’ with Ashley Chantler and Peter Blair (max 40) Lecture Room One.
  • Nuala 0’Connor ‘Historical Flash Fiction’ (max 15) Lecture Room Two.
  • ‘Prose Poetry’ with Carrie Etter (max 25) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Writing Characters of Colour in Fiction’ with Haleh Agar (max 12) Clifton Room One.
  • ‘How to Write a Hybrid Narrative’ with Laurie Stone (max 12) Clifton Room Two.
  • ‘Weird and Wonderful’ with Vanessa Gebbie (max 15) HMH Room.

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Workshop Session Two. One and a half hours.

  • Speculative Fiction with Calum Kerr, ‘Short and Weird’ (max 20) Lecture Room One.
  • ‘Writing Funny Fiction’ with Meg Pokrass and Jude Higgins (max 20) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Sculpting Master Class’ with Nancy Stohlman (max 20) HMH Room.
  • ‘Sawn-off Tales’ with David Gaffney (max 15) Clifton Room One.
  • ‘Make it Sing.’ Finding your Voice in Flash Fiction’ with K M Elkes (max 15) Clifton Room Two.

4.10– 4.40pm
Tea break.

4.45 pm – 5.15 m
Flashes of Inspiration – half an hour sessions for insight and ideas.

  • Flashpoint South Africa with Peter Blair (max 20) HMH Room.
  • Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction with Carrie Etter and Michael Loveday (max 20) Lecture Room Three.
  • Historical Flash Fiction with Ingrid Jendrzejewski and Nuala 0’Connor (max 20) Clifton Room One.
  • Conversation with David Gaffney, with Ashley Chantler (max 20) Front Lounge.
  • How Does SmokeLong Quarterly work? With Christopher Allen (max 20) Lecture Room Two.

5.25 – 11.00 pm
Bar open.

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Dining Room: Five minute Flash Ficton readings from workshop presenters Laurie Stone, John Brantingham, Grant Hier, Christopher Allen,Carrie Etter, Haleh Agar,Jude Higgins plus mini book launch — Vanessa Gebbie will read from her new collection, Nothing to Worry About (ten mins).

6.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Book shop open.

7.00 pm – 8.00pm

8.15 pm – 9.15 pm
Readings from Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief in the Dining Room. Introduced by the publishers, Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler. Readers will include the contributors: Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Vanessa Gebbie, Calum Kerr, Michael Loveday, Nuala O’Connor, Meg Pokrass, and Nancy Stohlman.

9.15 -9.45 Winning and commended flash fictions from nine rounds of the Bath Flash Fiction Awards read by their authors: Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Sharon Telfer, Helen Rye, Elisabeth Ingram Wallace, Tim Craig, Anita MacCallum. Charmaine Wilkerson will also read a flash from ‘How to Make a Window Snake’, 1st prize of the inaugural novella-in-flash Award and winner of the Saboteur Awards,2018 novella category.

Bar open throughout the readings and up until 11.00 pm to carry on socialising inside and out

Sunday 22nd July

9.00 am – 10.00 am

  • Dreams into Fiction workshop with Jude Higgins (max 20) Clifton Room.
  • Competitive Flashing with Ingrid Jendrzejewski (max 60) Lecture Room One.
  • Yoga and Writing with Alison Powell — possibly outside
  • Visualisation workshop with Karen Jones.

10.15 am – 10.45 am
Tea. Dining room.

10.45 am

11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Workshops, one and a half hours.

  • ‘Experimental Fiction’ with Santino Prinzi (max 12) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Extraordinary Points of View’ =with John Brantingham and Grant Hier (max 40) Lecture Room One.
  • ‘Building a Collection’ with Nancy Stohlman Talk and Q & A. (max 20) HMH Room.
  • ‘The Novella in Flash’ with Meg Pokrass and Jude Higgins (max 20) Front Lounge.
  • ‘Do you have something to Say?’ – finding the story you want to write with Christopher Allen. (max 20) Lecture Room Two.

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Bar Open.
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

2.15 pm – 3.15 pm
Showcase/launches in the Dining Room.

  • V Press showcase/book launch. Introduction from publisher Sarah Leavesley plus readings from new V Press authors, festival team members and presenters, Michael Loveday and Santino Prinzi
  • Launch of the new flash fiction collection from Meg Pokrass.

3.20 pm – 4.00 pm
Tea. Book shop open.

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Raffle draw, competition winner announcement, goodbyes.

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Late Stayers workshop with Michael Loveday — Writing a Flash Fiction Sequence.

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

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