Publication opportunity!

We will be producing a Flash Fiction Festival Anthology of stories from festival participant and presenters late in 2023 or early 2024. 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

1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

  • Flash Fiction Fete! Stalls, tombola, lucky dip. 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

1.00 pm onwards.

  • Check-in for those who have booked accommodation at the venue.
    • 2.00 pm onward check-in at Churchill Hall of Residence for those who have booked rooms there
    • 1.00 pm onwards 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. Card purchases only

    3.30 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.

    6.00 pm -6.10 pm

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

    6.15 – 7.00 pm

    • Readings from Fuel Anthology introduced by Tania Hershman

    7.15 – 8.00 pm

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

    8.15 pm – 8.45 pm

    • Mini launch of winning novellas in flash from Bath Flash Fiction Award.

    8.45 pm – 9.15 pm

    • Reading session from festival presenters and participants

    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.

    • Finessing Fiction: What Prose Writers can Pinch from Poetry with Ingrid Jendrzejewski
    • Climate Writing Workshop with Deb Tomkins
    • Submissions Workshop with Audrey Niven
    • Writers HQ Workshop with Kathy Hoyle
    • Finding Magic in Nature with John Brantingham

    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
    • ‘Where Are You From? Selfhood, Place and Prose Poetry’ with Carrie Etter
    • ‘Creating an Ideas Grid’ with K. M. Elkes
  • Managing the Inner Critic, with Michael Loveday
  • 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm
      One Hour Workshopstalks
      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-

      • Tea break
      • Bookshop open with book signings

      3.50 pm – 5.20 pm

        Workshop Sessions 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
      • Writing Games and Exercises from her new guide book with Vanessa Gebbie
      • ‘Nailing the Sound of Flash’ with Christopher Allen
      • 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

      7.35 pm – 8.15 pm

      • Readings from NFFD anthology on the theme of time. Introduced by NFFD anthology editor, Karen Jones.

      8.15 pm

      • Winner and runners up for the Pokrass Prize announced.
      • 8.25 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.

    • OMG! – Oh my gods and goddesses! with Nora Nadjarian
    • ‘Unlock your Fairy Tale Toolkit’, with Judy Darley
    • Finessing Fiction: What Prose Writers can Pinch from Poetry with Ingrid Jendzrejewski
  • Workshop with Alison Powell
  • 9.45- am -10.15 am

    • Coffee in the Dining room
    • Bookshop open with book signing

    10.15 am – 10.25 am

    • Welcome to Sunday with Jude and team

    10.25 am – 10.55 am

    • Mini Book launch.Vanessa Gebbie’sNew Guidebook inc readings.

    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 with book signing

    1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch

    2.05 pm – 3.35pm

    • 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
    • ‘Reading As Writers’ with Alison Woodhouse

    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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