Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrate Short Stories on Shortest Day of Year

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrate Short Stories on Shortest Day of Year

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ANYONE fed up with the dark days before Christmas can be cheered at the thought that the shortest day of the year approaches.

And what better way to celebrate December 21 than to curl up (and while away those dark few hours) with a good book? A newly launched website - www.nationalshortstoryday.co.uk - will feature an eclectic selection of shorts chosen by popular writers to celebrate the short story on the shortest day of the year.

And it is being marked in Newcastle with local author events organised by a group of independent publishers and writers including Comma Press, Iron Press, Flambard, Cadaverine and Route.

Taking part will be award-winning new writer Beda Higgins who first made an impact on the region's literary scene by triumphing in the Mslexia Short Story Competition in 2009, followed this year by a Northern Writers' Award.

Beda will be giving a reading at 2pm at North Shields Library in Northumberland Square, North Shields, with two other writers selected from a short story-focused workshop by author and playwright Kitty Fitzgerald. …

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