Our next meeting, 7-9 pm on Thursday 1 March, is a workshop on short story writing with Giselle Leeb. Although she now lives in Nottingham, Giselle grew up in South Africa where she developed a close bond with nature and the environment. As well as being a writer she earns a crust as a web developer and is Assistant Editor of Reckoning – an annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice.

giselle-leebHer short stories have appeared in Best British Short Stories 2017, Ambit, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Lonely Crowd, Mslexia, Litro, Bare Fiction, The Stockholm Review, and other places. She has placed third in the Ambit, Elbow Room and Aurora competitions and been shortlisted for the Bridport and Mslexia prizes.

Grow Your Gorilla is an usual but compelling story that was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and was Highly Commended in the 2016 Highlands and Islands Short Story Association competition. Click on this link to read more!

If you want to hear more about Giselle’s short stories, her creative methods and her tips on submissions come along to Knights Court, Balderton Gate, on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 7 pm.

Finally, just a quick word about our informal meetings that take place on the third Thursday of the month. Writers can bring along any piece to read out and discuss (which could be a section of current work in progress) or something (poetry, short story, whatever you fancy) to a given prompt, the latest of which is “You Do Not Appear Well“. The next informal meeting is on Thursday 15th March at 7 pm if you want to come along and see what we’ve managed to concoct!


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