Our 2019 programme includes a choice of six workshops from twenty-eight workshops/talks involving well known writers and teachers of the short short form from UK, US, NZ, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Cyprus. There are also several events for the whole assembly, plus readings. All details of the workshops and talks may be found on the workshops page. We will be arranging online sign-ups for these sessions a few weeks before the weekend, and will endeavour to ensure everyone gets their first or second choice.

Friday 28th June Afternoon/Evening

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

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 the Festival Team will help.

2.00 pm onwards

  • Arrivals and socialising. Bring your own picnic to eat in the grounds. Or chill out with friends. We have arranged a mobile pizza trailer, and you can buy a pizza in advance to eat in between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm. More details and paypal button to buy here.
  • 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.

5.45 pm

  • Welcome and introduction to the Friday Evening of Readings. Dining room

6.00 pm – 6.30 pm

  • Half an hour of readings: ‘Biffy50- A Year of the Best British and Irish Flash Fiction’ Introduced by Rupert Dastur founder of this initiative at TSS Press

6.45 pm – 7.15 pm

  • A fast paced half an hour of micro readings from the women presenters at the festival.

7.30 – 8.15 pm

  • 45 mins of readings from NFFD 2019 Anthology introduced by the NFFD UK Directors, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons.

8.30pm – 9.15 pm

  • Open mic facilitated by Michael Loveday

9.15 pm – 9.30 pm

  • Mini-Launch of ‘All That Is Between Us’, the new debut flashfiction collection by K.M. Elkes, published by Ad Hoc Fiction.

9.30 – 10.30 socialising in the bar and outside in the grounds.
10.30 pm onwards. Karaoke entertainment in the bar, facilitated by Helen Rye and Christopher Allen. Bar is open until 11.30 pm and the separate building where the bar is can stay open until late.

Saturday 29th June

8.45 am – 9.45 am
Early morning hour-long workshops. Nos and rooms to be decided.

  • Hermit Crab Flash (Or Flash For Stationery Lovers) with Ingrid Jendrzejewski
  • The Crazed Wind and Other Insanity with Nod Ghosh
  • Visualisation sessions with Karen Jones.
  • Viewing the world: distance, travel and memory with Michelle Elvy and Christopher Allen.
  • Dreams into Fiction with Jude Higgins

9.45 am – 10.15 am

  • Coffee/tea in Dining Room.

10.15 am – 10.25 am

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

  • Wake Up Your Creative Brain with Kathy Fish in the dining room. A half an hour warm up writing workshop for the whole assembly

11.05 am – 12.35 pm
Workshop Session One. One and a half hours. Rooms and workshop nos to be decided.

  • Detachment and Intimacy with Michelle Elvy
  • How to Write a Novella in Flash with Jude Higgins and Meg Pokrass
  • Where are you from? Selfhood, Place and Prose Poetry with Carrie Etter
  • Beginnings, Endings and Desire with Mary Jane Holmes
  • Writing a Hybrid Narrative with Laurie Stone
  • The Weird and Wonderful World of Flash with Vanessa Gebbie.

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

  • Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

2.15 pm – 3.45 pm
Workshop Session Two. One and a half hours.Rooms and workshop nos to be decided.

  • Writing A Flash Memoir with Kathy Fish.
  • From Page to Performance with Nancy Stohlman
  • Writing Historical Fiction with Nuala O’Connor
  • Experimentation and Inspiration with Santino Prinzi
  • Finding your Voice in Flash Fiction’ with K M Elkes
  • Flash Fiction As Graphic Novel with David Gaffney

3.45 – 4.15 pm

  • Tea break
  • Bookshop open

4.20 pm – 5.20 pm
Hour-long workshops and talks.

  • The Novella in Flash, a discussion with Q & A with Charmaine Wilkerson, Meg Pokrass and Ellie Walsh. Chaired by Michael Loveday
  • Tips From The World’s Best Flashes with Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler
  • Turning Yourself Inside Out to Get At The Core with Peter Wortsman
  • So You Want to Start an Online Journal? with Tara Laskowski
  • Laughing Matters with David Swann

5.30pm – 11.30 pm

  • Bar open

5.30 pm – 5.45 pm

  • Bookshop Open

5.45 pm – 6.45 pm

  • Dinner

7.00 – 8.00 pm

  • ‘Flash Around The World’, Panel discussion for whole assembly in the dining room chaired by Michelle Elvy. Contributors: Kathy Fish; Nuala 0’Connor; Nod Ghosh; Christopher Allen, Nora Nadjarian; Peter Blair; Ashley Chantler.

8.20 – 9.15 pm

  • A fast paced 45 minutes of readings from authors published in the international micro fiction anthologies published in 2018 and 2019, Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction. Introduced by Michelle Elvy and Meg Pokrass.

9.15 pm – 9.25 pm.

  • Mini book launch of the everrumble, Michelle Elvy’s marvellous new ‘small novel in small forms’ published this June by Ad Hoc Fiction.
  • Bar open throughout the readings and up until 11.30 pm to carry on socialising inside and outside. Karaoke entertainment organised by Helen Rye, with Christopher Allen from 10.30 pm onwards.

Sunday 30th June

8.45 am – 9.45 am.
Early morning hour-long workshops. Numbers and rooms to be decided.

  • Dreams into Fiction workshop with Jude Higgins.
  • Hermit Crab Flash (Or Flash For Stationery Lovers) with Ingrid Jendrzejewski
  • Visualisation workshop with Karen Jones.
  • The Hidden Creative Territories of Photos and Postcards with Nora Nadjarian.

10.00 am – 10.20 am

  • Tea. Dining room

10.25 am – 10.30

  • Welcome

10.30 am – 10.55 am

  • Sculpting Bonsai: New Zealand writing and the Short Form with Michelle Elvy and Nod Ghosh

11.05 am – 12.35 pm
Workshops, one and a half hours. Nos and rooms to be arranged.

  • Writing A Flash Memoir with Kathy Fish
  • Writing A Flash Fiction Sequence with Michael Loveday
  • From Page to Performance with Nancy Stohlman
  • Flash in The Footsteps of Kafka & Co with Peter Wortsman
  • The Pitfalls of Having Something to Say with Christopher Allen
  • Publishing with Flash:The International Short-Short Story Press with Peter Blair, Ashley Chantler and Vanessa Gebbie (NB: this is an hour long workshop)

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

2.10 pm – 2.25 pm

  • Winners of the 12th Bath Flash Fiction Award announced by Jude Higgins BFFA Founder and Christopher Allen, Judge of the June 2019 round of the Award.
    Plus readings from any of the winners who might be attending the festival
  • 2.45 pm – 3.45pm
    Hour long talks/workshops

    • How Smoke Long Quarterly Works with Christopher Allen and Tara Laskowski
    • Experimental Writing Prompts with Meg Pokrass
    • Publishing Historical Fiction At FlashBack Fiction with the editors from the magazine
    • Publishing with an Indie Press with Jude Higgins from Ad Hoc Fiction, Sarah Leavesley from V.Press, Farhana Shaikh from Dahlia Press and writers Damhnait Monaghan, Diane Simmons and Susmita Bhattacharya

    3.45 pm – 4.15 pm

    • Tea. Bookshop open

    4.15 pm – 4.45.

    • Raffle prizes drawn
    • Announcement of festival long micro competition winner
    • Goodbyes

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

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