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Autumn Literature Festivals - Part 1: Small Wonder

  • Date: 2 October 2013
  • Area: South East
Jhumpa Lahiri and Ellah Allfrey at Small Wonder

Jhumpa Lahiri and Ellah Allfrey at Small Wonder. Credit: © Axel Hesslenberg 2013. Courtesy of the Charleston Trust

Small Wonder, The Short Story Festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a great line up of short story events that shone a light on this concise yet inspirational literary form.

This year's line-up featured two Man Booker Prize 2013 short-listed writers - Jim Crace and Jhumpa Lahiri and long-listed writer, Alison MacLeod.

Small Wonder also provided a showcase for the BBC Short Story Award, with an event featuring judge Di Spiers and two of the recently announced short-listed writers, Lionel Shriver and Lavinia Greenlaw. Also on the programme was The Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, featuring judge Joanna Trollope alongside short-listed writers Sarah Hall and David Vann.

This year, Small Wonder launched a major new literary award, in conjunction with the University of Chichester: The Charleston - Chichester Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction. The award recognises long-standing creativity and achievement in writing short stories.

Small Wonder is always a great place to discover exciting new writers. Once Upon A Time There Was A Traveller launched an anthology of Asham Award-wining work by up-and-coming female writers. The inaugural Creative Future Literary Awards celebrated the dynamic new voices of talented and marginalised writers. The Small Wonder Slam - the festival's popular 3-minute short story competition - provided a great place for audiences to find (or perform) fresh, fast-paced fiction.

Diana Reich, Artistic Director says: "This was a landmark year for Small Wonder. Over the past decade, the festival has become a centre of excellence for the short story and is synonymous with the revival of interest in the genre. There was no better way to celebrate this milestone than by launching a new literary prize, together with the University of Chichester, honouring an outstanding record in the publication of remarkable short stories."