Programme

Publication opportunity!

We will be producing a Flash Fiction Festival Anthology of stories from festival participant and presenters late in 2022 or early 2023. To be considered, submit any stories of up to 300 words, ideally prompted by festival workshops, by September 2023.

When booking is closed (June 24th 2023) we will contact participants to find out their workshop choices. There are three, four or five choices in each slot. And you are likely to get your first choice.

Friday 14th July Afternoon and Evening

12.00 midday to 5.00 pm

  • Flash Fiction Fete! Stalls, tombola, lucky dip, fortune telling tent, Other wonders to be decided soon
  • Paella (vegan and meat options, GF) tasted as authentic and amazing by our Spanish friends! Order separately from the other meals option

2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

  • Ready! Set! Write” Pre-festival Three-hour Workshop with Kathy Fish. £50. Booking separate from the main festival

1.30pm onwards.

  • Check-in for those who have booked accommodation at the venue.
    • Check at Churchill Hall of Residence for those who have booked rooms there
    • Register arrival at reception (in the old college) where a couple of our team members will be there to greet you. Collect lanyards. programmes and ‘goodie totebags’.

    2.00 pm – 11.30 pm .

    • Bar open. This year Trinity College are running the bar.

    3.00 pm – 5.00pm

    • Bookshop open. Books for sale from Ad Hoc Fiction, National Flash Fiction Day, and other collections, anthologies and novellas. Card payment available for Ad Hoc Fiction and some other books. Bring cash for others.

    5.30 pm -5.45 pm

    • Welcome and introductions by Festival Director, Jude Higgins and festival team. In dining room

    5.45 pm – 6.30 pm

    • Reading session focus to be decided.

    6.45 pm – 7.15 pm

    • Readings from festival presenters. Introduced by festival team member.

    7.30 pm – 8.15 pm

    • Mini book launches and readings.

    8.30 pm – 9.00 pm

    • Reading session, focus to be decided

    9.00 – 11.00 pm

    • 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 11.00 pm.

    Saturday 15th July

    8.45 am – 9.45 am

    Early morning hour-long workshops.

    • Workshop with Ingrid Jendrzejewski
    • Climate Writing Workshop with Deb Tomkins
    • Submissions Workshop with Audrey Niven
    • Writers HQ Workshop with Kathy Hoyle

    9.45 am – 10.15 am

    • Coffee/tea in Dining room.
    • Bookshop open

    10.15 am – 10.25 am

    • Welcome, information about the weekend events and introduction to workshop facilitators. Dining room

    10.30 am – 11.00 am

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

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

    • ‘How Do I Land This Thing?’ With Kathy Fish
    • ‘Mining Your Unconscious for Gems’ With Stephanie Carty
    • ‘Prose Poetry and Autobiography’ With Carrie Etter
    • ‘Creating an Ideas Grid’ with K. M. Elkes
    • Writing the Wild’ with John Brantingham

    1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

    2.05 pm – 3.05 pm

    • Walk•Listen•Create with Cheryl Markosky
    • Why Submit to Magazines and Competitions Anyway? panel and audience discussion with Jude Higgins, Karen Jones and Diane Simmons
    • 52 Stories for Readers and Writers. Rosaleen Lynch will introduce exercises from her new workbook/collection
    • Give Your Self Permission: workshop inspired by The Fuel Poverty Anthology with Tania Hershman

    3.05 pm- 3.50.pm

    • Tea break
    • Bookshop open

    3.50 pm – 5.20 pm

    • Workshop Session One and a half hours
    • ‘Pop Lit: Elevating the Mundane to the Miraculous’ with Nancy Stohlman
    • ‘ Mind the Gap’ Writing from Liminal Spaces’ with Emily Devane
    • ‘Vanessa’s Little Red Book’: exercises from her new Guide Book with Vanessa Gebbie
    • ‘Nailing the Sound of Flash’ with Christopher Allen
    • ‘Reading As Writers’ with Alison Woodhouse

    5.30pm – 11.00 pm

    • Bar open

    5.30 pm – 6.15 pm

    • Bookshop open

    6.15 pm -7.15 pm

    • Dinner

    7.20 pm – 7.35 pm

  • Mini Book Launch of ‘Haibun: A Writers’ Guide’ edited by Robert Beary, Lew Watts and Rich Youmans. Introduced by Jude Higgins for Ad Hoc Fiction
  • Workshops, one and a half hours.

    7.35 pm – 8.15 pm

    • Reading session focus to be decided

    8.15 pm

    • Winner and runners up for the Pokrass Prize announced.
    • 8.30 pm to 9.00 pm Readings from festival participants. Introduced by festival team member.
  • Bar open throughout the readings and up until 11.00 pm to carry on socialising inside and outside. Karaoke entertainment organised by Helen Rye, with Christopher Allen. Chill out room for quiet conversation
  • Sunday 16th July

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

    • ‘Developing your professional practice’ with Farhana Shaikh
    • ‘Sneak up on your sub-conscious and dig deep’ with Judy Darley
    • Workshop with Ingrid Jendzrejewski

    9.45- am – 10.15 am

    • Coffee in the Dining room
    • Bookshop open

    10.15 am – 10.25 am

    • Welcome to Sunday with Jude and team

    10.25 am – 10.55 am

    • Book launches. Electra Rhodes guide book.
      Vanessa Gebbie Guidebook.

    11.00 am – 12.30 pm

    • How do I land this thing? with Kathy Fish
    • A Blast from the Past! – Generating Ideas for a Historical Novellas-in-Flash with Michael Loveday
    • How to Haibun with Roberta Beary and Lew Watts
    • ‘Biryani Flash: Building Up the Layers’ with Anita Goveas and Farhana Khalique
    • 12.00 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

    2.05 pm – 3.35pm
    talks/workshops

    • The Extraordinary Point of View: with John Brantingham.
    • The Oceans Eleven Theory of Story – Fantastic Fundamentals of Fabulous Fiction with El Rhodes
    • Parlour Games with Susmita Bhattacharya
    • Literacy Piracy-Plundering Structure and Stealing the Gold with Nancy Stohlman

    3.35 pm – 4.15 pm

    • Tea. Bookshop open

    4.15 pm – 4.25 pm

    • Raffle prizes drawn
    • Goodbyes

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

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