Short fiction festival proves less is more

Folio sponsors the Small Wonder literary festival

Often neglected by more mainstream publishers, short fiction has always been close to the heart of Folio. With recent collections by William Trevor, Mark Twain, Nikolai Gogol and others, we have long been happy to champion fiction in miniature. One of our eagerly anticipated editions for the new publishing year is The Camberwell Beauty & Other Stories by V. S. Pritchett, a collection selected and introduced by William Trevor.

Today's writers are increasingly drawn to this form, and with a multitude of short-story competitions cropping up every year (such as the BBC National Short Story Award) it seems that short fiction is making something of a comeback. We are therefore delighted to be hosting an event dedicated to short fiction, 'New Ways with Words', on 24 September at this year's Small Wonder Festival. Taking place at Charleston (the former home of Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell), the festival runs between 22 and 25 September with readings, workshops, music and even cabaret.

At the 'New Ways with Words' event three of the judges on this year's BBC National Short Story Award panel - Joe Dunthorne, Geoff Dyer and Tessa Hadley - will read their own stories and discuss the inventive ways short fiction is evolving. Joe Dunthorne's debut novel Submarine was recently made into a successful film; Tessa Hadley's stories appear regularly in the Guardian, New Yorker and Granta; and Geoff Dyer is a prolific and award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, including But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz which won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1991. No stranger to Folio, Geoff Dyer wrote the foreword to our recent edition of All Quiet on the Western Front, which was our bestselling title for the last publishing year.

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