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Do you love reading? Want to know more about creative writing? Join us for a literary event to celebrate and discover the art of the short story in the stunning surroundings of Madingley Hall.
A day packed full of workshops, interviews and readings with the very best short story authors, critics, and publishers including award-winning writers Tessa Hadley, Dame Gillian Beer, Daisy Johnson and Sam Jordison.
This event is held as part of the ICE Summer Festival, and is brought you by the Creative Writing Centre at University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.


Dame Gillian Beer

Tessa Hadley

Daisy Johnson

And more... Please view full line-up here.


Cambridge Short Story Festival Session Line-up

Saturday 22 June

Short Stories: the lazy option? A Panel Discussion with Ailsa Cox, Sam Jordison, Jean McNeil & Lucy Durneen

A Close Look 1: Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony' (1919) and George Saunders 'Exhortation' (2013) with Dr Jenny Bavidge

A Close Look 2: Katherine Mansfield 'A Garden Party' (1922) and Alice Munro 'What is Remembered' (2001) with Dr Jenny Bavidge

Emerging Writers discuss the Joy of the Short Story with Kate Swindlehurst, Mbozi Haimbe and Dr Midge Gillies

Small is Beautiful: The Art of the Short Story with Dr Lucy Durneen

How a Short Story gets published with Sam Jordison and Laura McNeill

The Art and Craft of the Short Story with Dame Gillian Beer and Tessa Hadley

Saturday 22 June: An Evening with Daisy Johnson and Guests

Join us for a very special evening curated by award winning author Daisy Johnson.

In the stunning setting of Madlingly Hall enjoy an intimate and informal ‘green room’ atmosphere with the writers and critics taking part in the festival. The evening’s entertainments will include a glass of sparkling wine, a selection of bowl foods lovingly prepared by the Madingley Hall Chefs and, of course, good company. Afterwards, Daisy Johnson will lead a discussion of Carmen Maria Machado’s extraordinary short story ‘The Husband Stitch’.

A discussion of The Short Story, curated by Daisy Johnson with Daisy Johnson, Thomas de Freston, Sarvat Hasin and Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Sunday 23 June

The Sunday programme has regrettably been cancelled.

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Event date

Saturday, 22 June, 2019 - 09:30


Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ