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National Short Story Week

01st September 2010

Get Involved in National Short Story Week

If you enjoy reading then you'll want to get involved in the UK's first National Short Story Week (NSSW), which will be from 22nd - 28th November.  It may seem some time off, but now is the time to get thinking about how you can celebrate the week.

The aims of NSSW are:

1) to get more people reading and listening to short stories;
2) to get more people writing short stories;
3) to develop creative and commercial opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the short story.

The idea for NSSW came from producer Ian Skillicorn.  As the founder of Short Story Radio, Ian has been producing and broadcasting work by new and established short story writers for many years.  Lots of writers, readers and organisations are already planning events for National Short Story Week.  Our patron, best-selling novelist Katie Fforde says: "We want...to encourage book groups to read anthologies instead of a novel for this particular week, and generally make short stories what everyone is talking about.  Let’s get everyone reading, writing and listening to short stories in this designated week."

NSSW is a grass roots event and it will enable individuals and groups to organise their own events on a national, regional or local level.  Why not choose a short story anthology as your reading club book for November?  Perhaps your local bookshop or library can make recommendations, or help you to invite a short story writer to come along and give you a reading or a talk for National Short Story Week.  We will be adding recommended short story anthologies to our website over the next few months, and can email a suggested reading list to your reading group in September.  If you are interested, please sign up to our newsletter via the website, or send us an email.

More content will be added to our website over the next few months, including a national events calendar.  Go online now for advice and ideas for events.

www.nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk