Big Impact: Small Story. Where does the British short story go next?

penguin300Waterstones, Piccadilly. Thursday, 12 November 2015, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

The Word Factory is delighted to launch the Penguin Book of the British Short Story – a discerning selection of the best of British short fiction from Daniel Defoe to Zadie Smith edited by Philip Hensher. Join him and Cathy Galvin in conversation with three writers featured in this definitive anthology – Tessa Hadley, Adam Mars-Jones and Shena Mackay for an evening of debate, literary insight and reading.

In association with Penguin.

BUY TICKETS £12/8 (concession)


The Word Factory #37

Waterstones, Piccadilly. Saturday, 31 October 2015, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Bring a friend for free and spend a chilled Word Factory Halloween in the company of Hanif Kureishi, Tom Lee and Leone Ross – spine-tingling readings and electrifying conversation with director Cathy Galvin. Plus details of our 2016 Word Factory apprenticeship scheme with mentors Ailsa Cox, Jacob Ross and Vanessa Gebbie will be announced.

In association with Vanguard, launching their first short story anthology at the salon.

Please note the times for the masterclasses, short story club and salon.



Brighton & Hove City Reads

Brighton & Hove City ReadsSallis Benney Theatre, Wednesday 21 October,  7.30pm – 10.30pm


One stage, twenty writers, three minutes each….a bar, a bookstall and a bell, all you need for a very special event. Join us to hear some incredible voices from the vibrant Brighton literary scene. Writers include: David Bramwell, Susannah Jones, Mark A Radcliffe, Sharon Zink, Mick Jackson, William Shaw, Lizzie Enfield and three of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winners: Emma Jane Unsworth, Jo Mazelis and Bethan Roberts (City Reads author 2012). This event will be hosted by writer and presenter Laura Lockington.

In partnership with Myriad and University of Brighton.

BUY TICKETS  £7/5 (student concession)


Word Factory #36

CarysDaviesSaturday 19 September, 6pm – 8pm

The autumn salon season begins at Waterstones Piccadilly with Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner Carys Davies, the inspirational Toby Litt and two powerful new voices, Tyler Keevil and Diriye Osman.

Buy tickets here.





Foyles, Bristol

EmmaJaneUnsworthTuesday 1 September, 2015, 6pm – 7:45pm 

Come and hear comedic authors Nikesh Shukla and Emma Jane Unsworth discuss the inspirations behind their latest respective works: Meatspace and Animals.

Nikesh Shukla is a successful novelist and screenwriter, and is the host of the Subaltern podcast. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. His second novel Meatspace is known for being the book that launched a tandoori lamp chop into space.

Emma Jane Unsworth’s first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her second novel Animals was published by Canongate in May 2014 and won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. She is writing a third novel, as well as the screenplay of Animals.

Both Nikesh and Emma will be signing their books after the talk.

Tickets: This event is free but booking is recommended – email [email protected] to reserve your place(s). Please note: no phyical tickets will be issued, the email confirmation you receive is proof of your reservation.



Edinburgh International Book Festival

SusanBarkerEdinburgh, Sat 15 August 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Susan Barker and Toni Davidson

A Little Bit of History Repeating

Madness, obsession, history, family and fate shape these two novels of the global age. Toni Davidson’s The Alpine Casanovas is a bold, challenging exploration of two men of Eurasian heritage living worlds apart but joined by destiny. Susan Barker’s The Incarnations sweeps between China past and present, and portrays a man, stalked by his soulmate, and condemned to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Buy your tickets here.



Autumn 2014

SI Leeds Literary Prize

London, September – October 2014

berna1. SI Leeds Literary Prize readings, Sep 22, Rich Mix, London, 7.30pm, free

Dreda Say Mitchell introduces the SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers. A national, biennial prize with patrons including Bonnie Greer, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Bernardine Evaristo and Bidisha, this year sees the announcement of the second award in October at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Join the nominees for an engaging evening of readings and discussion. 

2. The SI Leeds Literary Prize Celebration, Oct 8, Royal Festival Hall, London, 7pm, free

2014 Fiction Uncovered selected author Bernadine Evaristo will host the pre-award announcement celebration, introducing Minoli Salgado’s winning novel A Little Dust on the Eyes.

Autumn 2014

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered at The Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester, 6-19 October 2014

ManchesterLitFestThe Manchester Literature Festival in October will feature Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors in an event hosted by chair of judges Matt Haig.

Manchester Literature Festival



Autumn 2014

Cynan Jones at Penfro Book Festival

Neauadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, 14 September 2014

Rhosygilwen-mansion2014 winner Cynan Jones joins Tyler Keevil in Men without Women – a talk on modern men’s writing.

Penfro Book Festival

Autumn 2014

Cynan Jones & Amy Sackville at Marlborough Literature Festival

The Merchant’s House, Marlborough, 28 September 2014, 12pm-1pm

mlf-logo20142013 Fiction Uncovered author Amy Sackville will be joining one of 2014 selected authors Cynan Jones at Marborough Literary Festival. More details coming soon.

Marlborough Literary Festival

Summer 2014

The Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh, 9-25 August 2014

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered authors will be appearing at multiple events throughout this years Edinburgh Book Festival:edinbook

Edinburgh Book Festival

Summer 2014

Voewood Festival

Voewood, Norfolk, 17 August 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 13.15.03Lesley Glaister will be speaking at Voewood Festival this summer. Details coming soon.

Voewood Festival

Summer 2014

Naomi Wood at Edinburgh Fringe

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge,​ Edinburgh, 8 August 2014, 8pm

edinNaomi Wood will be joing four other speakers, each giving a 15 minute talk at 5×15’s signature event. Tickets include a cocktail.

5×15 at Edinburgh Fringe

Summer 2014

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered at The Word Factory’s Summer Party

Waterstones Piccadilly, London, 26 July 2014, 6pm- 8pm

wordfactoryThe Word Factory’s 26 July salon at Waterstones Piccadilly will host an evening with the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 winners Evie Wyld, Cynan Jones and Naomi Wood

The Word Factory

Summer 2014

Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Suffolk, 19 July 2014

latNaomi Wood will be speaking at Latitude Festival this July, details to come.

Latitude Festival


Summer 2014

Cynan Jones speaking at a British Council ‘Writers Return’ event in Swansea

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, 9 July 2014, 7.30pm

britishcouncilFflur Dafd, Owen Martell and Cynan Jones talk about their excursions in a discussion Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

The British Council

Summer 2014

An evening with Naomi Wood at Waterstones Richmond

Waterstones, Richmond, 10 July 2014, 6.30pm


waterstonesJoin Naomi Wood for a discussion of her novel Mrs. Hemingway.

Waterstones Richmond

Summer 2014

Ways with Words Festival, Dartington

Dartington Hall, Dartington, 12 July 2014, 10am

waysNaomi Wood will be discussing Mrs. Hemingway at the Ways With Words Festival.

Ways With Words Festival

Summer 2014

Fiction Uncovered FM

Resonance104.4fm, 13 July 2014, 12 noon – 5pm

ResonanceFM_LOGOFiction Uncovered’s annual radio station dedicated to discussing great British fiction will be returning to the airwaves on Sunday 13th July 2014.

Presented by Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers and this year’s Chair of Judges, the special five-hour broadcast celebrates The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and features prize-winning authors Lesley Glaister, Evie Wyld, Gareth R Roberts, Ben Brooks, Bernardine Evaristo, Naomi Wood, Cynan Jones, and many more guests to be announced.

Fiction Uncovered FM

Autumn 2013

Nikita Lalwani talk and signing in Swindon

Swindon Central Library, Tuesday 3 September 2013, 7.15pm

Nikita Lalwani will be talking about her work and signing copies of her books in the 2nd floor reading room from 7.15pm.

Swindon Libraries

Summer 2013

Amy Sackville at Edinburgh Book Festival 2013

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Tuesday 13 August 2013

Amy Sackville reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, programme to be announced 20 June 2013.

Edinburgh Book Festival

Summer 2013

Fiction Uncovered at Wilderness Festival

Wilderness 2013 at Cornbury Park, Charlbury in Oxfordshire, 8 – 11 August 2013

This year we have teamed up with Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire to curate a special Fiction Uncovered event. The Fiction tent at this arts and music festival will feature several of the Fiction Uncovered 2013 authors speaking about their work.

Wilderness Festival 

Summer 2013

Amy Sackville in Ely

Topping Books in Ely, Tuesday 18 June 2013, 7.30PM

Amy Sackville talk on Orkney at Topping Books in Ely.

Topping Books

Summer 2013

Niven Govinden at The Book Group Bash in the Barn in Sussex

The Barn in Hellingley, Wednesday 26 June 2013, 7.00PM

Niven Govinden speaking at the Book Bash in The Barn, alongside our Fiction Uncovered 2013 judges Louise Doughty and Courttia Newland, who spoke about their own recently released novels (respectively); Apple Tree Yard and The Gospel According To Cane.

The event took place in Hellingly near Hailsham, nearest station Polegate.

Summer 2013

Anthony Cartwright with The Newham Bookshop

Coffee7, Forest Gate, London Wednesday 26 June 2013, 7.00PM

Anthony Cartwright reading at a Newham Bookshop event at Coffee7 in London.

The Newham Bookshop

Summer 2013

Amy Sackville in Orkney

The MacGillivray Room, Orkney Library, Wednesday 26 June 2013, 5.00PM

Author Amy Sackville at Orkney Library & Archive talking about her new book Orkney.

Orkney Library & Archive

Summer 2013

Lucy Caldwell at York Festival of Ideas

Ireland: North and South, Wednesday 26 June 2013, 5.30PM

A panel of experts, comprising Lucy Caldwell, Eamonn Hughes, Margaret Kelleher and Keith Ridgway debate the polarity of Ireland, revealing the nuances of North and South in an Irish context.

Festival of Ideas

Autumn 2012

Off the Shelf at Blacks, Soho

Off the Shelf at Blacks Off the Shelf at Blacks club in Soho was a literature collaboration between Blacks members club and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Books Committee, supported by Fiction Uncovered. It is a series of monthly, one day residencies for fiction writers – on the last Monday of the month. In autumn 2012 they included events with the following Fiction Uncovered authors:

29th October 2012 – Matt Thorne, Judge for Fiction Uncovered 2012
26th November 2012 – Tibor Fischer, selected for Fiction Uncovered 2012 with his title Crushed Mexican Spiders

For more information please email [email protected]

Autumn 2012

Fiction Uncovered at The Book Barge

Fiction Uncovered hosted a pop-up bookshop on the floating indie retailer The Book Barge on 22nd September 2012. Located at Broadway Market, on the Regent’s Canal, London – The Book Barge hosted a special day of Fiction Uncovered readings and events.


Spring/Summer 2012

Literary Death Match at Land of Kings Festival

Celebrating the hippest hottest neighbourhood in London town, May 4th marked Literary Death Match’s first love-in with Land of Kings Festival in the stunning surrounds of Dalston’s Arcola Theatre. Presented by Fiction Uncovered and sponsored by Picador, it’s a perfect setting for electrifying the audience with word-play genius, laughter and wonderment.

Hosted by LDM London co-producers Suzanne Azzopardi and Nicki Le Masurier.

Where: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL (map)
When: Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm (sharp), afterdrinks after
Cost: Friday Pass: £20.002-Day Pass: £30.00 (Passes ensure entrance to all festival venues in N16/E8. (6pm to 5am)  Full program and line-up here.

Autumn 2011

Off the Shelf at Blacks, Soho

Off the Shelf at Blacks Off the Shelf at Blacks club in Soho is a new literature collaboration between Blacks members club and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Books Committee, supported by Fiction Uncovered. It’s a series of monthly, one day residencies for fiction writers – on the last Monday of the month. This autumn they include events with the following Fiction Uncovered authors:

26th September 2011 – Lindsay Clarke (The Water Theatre and Whitbread winner for The Chymical Wedding)

28th November 2011 – Jake Wallis Simons (The English German Girl)

Summer 2011

19th May 2011 – Shoreditch House Literary Salon

Damian Barr, on the judging panel for Fiction Uncovered 2011, hosted a Shoreditch House Literary Salon on the day we announced the eight titles selected for Fiction Uncovered.

Tim Pears, one of the selected Fiction Uncovered authors, joined Maggie O’Farrell and Rachel Cusk for this unique event. You can join Shoreditch House Literary Salon on Facebook.

More information

Summer 2011

13th June 2011 – The Book Stops Here – Fiction Uncovered special

Already committed to showcasing our best British writers, The Book Stops Here hosted a Fiction Uncovered event in London on 13th June 2011.

Chris Paling, Catherine Hall and Jake Wallis Simons, selected for Fiction Uncovered 2011, all took part in this special Fiction Uncovered event.

Photograph: Fen Oswin

More information

Summer 2011

Fiction Uncovered and Literary Death Match at Latitude Festival

Fiction Uncovered worked in association with the infamous Literary Death Match team to bring a special Fiction Uncovered event to the Latitude Festival 2011.

Jake Wallis Simons, selected for Fiction Uncovered 2011, joined other authors on stage for an incredible night of readings, judging and games to a packed out tent of festival-goers.

Photograph: Hugh Green