Online Event: Artfest’s Short Story Literary Salon with Lisa Blower, Elleke Boehmer, Elaine Chiew and Hannah Vincent


Join us for Artsfest’s exclusive online short-story literary salon, featuring a discussion and readings from award-winning short story writers Lisa Blower, Elleke Boehmer, Elaine Chiew and Hannah Vincent.

Hosted by Dr. Lisa Blower – fellow Myriad author and Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at Wolverhampton, they will also be joined by Myriad’s Publishing Director, Candida Lacey, who’ll reveal what she looks for in a short story collection, why she published who she has, and why the UK market should not be afraid to be publish more collections.

This event is part of Creative & Professional Writing’s Get Shorty short story series. It is free for all to attend and will run from 18:30-20:00 on Thursday 10 December.

Lisa Blower is a short story writer and novelist. She is the author of two novels, Sitting Ducks and Pondweed, and short story collection,  It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s. She also contributed to Kit de Waal’s anthology of working-class writing, Common People. Lisa is Senior Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing at Wolverhampton where she champions working-class fictions and regional voices.

Elleke Boehmer is the author of five novels including Screens against the SkyBloodlines, Nile Baby and The Shouting in the Dark. Sharmilla, and other Portraits was her first collection of short stories, followed by her latest collection To the Volcano, and other stories. Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing. In 2019 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Historical Society.

Elaine Chiew is a visual arts researcher and writer. She is the author of The Heartsick Diaspora and editor/compiler of Cooked Up: Food Fiction Around the World. She has contributed to anthologies in the UK, US and Singapore, and her story has been broadcasted on BBC Radio 4.

Hannah Vincent is a novelist and playwright. She is the author of two novels, Alarm Girl and The Weaning. Her debut short story collection, She-Clown, and other stories is available now. She currently teaches Creative Writing on the Open University’s MA and life writing on the Autobiography and Life writing programme at New Writing South.

All four of the latest short-story collections by Lisa Blower, Elleke Boehmer, Elaine Chiew and Hannah Vincent can be purchased together with an exclusive discount HERE.

To attend, please make sure to register first.