Sign In
Top 5 Literary Things To Do At London's Word Factory
Save to wishlist

Top 5 Literary Things To Do At London's Word Factory

Picture of Alison Hitchcock
Updated: 24 April 2017
The Word Factory celebrates the short story – bringing brilliant writers and readers together for wine, conversation and great work. Meeting every month at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London’s Word Factory offers masterclasses, a short story club and a friendly evening salon with acclaimed authors including Neil Gaiman, Michael Morpurgo and Polly Samson. We find out more about the five most literary things you can do at this unique event.

Performance and Reading Aloud | April Masterclass with AL Kennedy

Saturday, 25th April.

AL Kennedy is a true performer, often to be seen and heard on the stage, radio and podcasts. An acclaimed novelist and short story writer, she is also a dramatist for TV, film, stage and radio. This class is specifically designed for writers, and aims to give you more confidence in performing your work. It will also help you improve your voice on the page and bring you a deeper sense of the music inherent in written language.

April Evening Salon | Yiyun Li and Adam Marek

Saturday, 25th April.

Yiyun and Adam will be reading with AL Kennedy and also join Word Factory and Sunday Times EFG short story award founder, Cathy Galvin, in conversation.

Both Yiyun and Adam have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG short story award, Yuyin this year and Adam in the competition’s inaugural year. Yuyin is the author of two story collections, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, and two novels. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under 35, and The New Yorker named her one of 20 U.S. writers under 40 to watch. Adam has two short story collections – Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower.

The Only Rule Is Yes | May Workshop with Stella Duffy

Saturday 30th May.

Stella Duffy won’t teach you how to write the great British novel, provide you with a step-by-step structure with which to write a bestseller, or spend hours reading aloud the works of others so that you can compare your own writing.

She will help you acknowledge your writing fears and enthusiasms, find delight in being brave, take the big steps you’ve been dreading and the small steps that feel even harder, and help you remind yourself why you wanted to write in the first place.

‘The Irish are Coming’ Evening Salon | Stella Duffy, Danielle McLaughlin and Paul McVeigh

Saturday, 30th May.

These three vibrant writers will share some of their work as they read their own short stories. Ireland boasts a history of storytelling and with 50 short stories published and a background in theatre, Stella’s storytelling is a joy to experience. Danielle’s short story, The Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in The New Yorker and Paul McVeigh’s work has been commissioned by Radio 4. Afterwards, there will be wine and conversation with the writers.

Save to wishlist

Masterclass and Reading | Neil Gaiman

Saturday, June 27th

Neil Gaiman has changed the literary landscape with award-winning work that crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is credited with being one of the creators of the modern graphic novel.

Neil will be giving an exclusive talk on writing and writing relationships.

All events to take place at Waterstone Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD, UK