Trinity Church Centre, 15 Nether Street, N12 7NN.
We are thrilled that Joanna Campbell, author and winner of this year's London Short Story Prize, is the festival's short story competition judge. The competition was jointly launched by Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival. The winners will be announced at Trinity Church Centre, Saturday 25th June at 1.30pm.
Joanna will also be discussing her short story collection When Planets Slip their Tracks and her novel, Tying Down the Lion, as well as her writing practice.
Joanna is a full-time writer from the Cotswolds whose short stories have been published in literary magazines such as The New Writer, Writers' Forum, The Yellow Room and The Lampeter Review, and in anthologies from Cinnamon Press, Spilling Ink, Earlyworks Press, Unbound Press and Biscuit Publishing, as well as The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013, both the 2013 and 2014 Rubery Book Award anthologies and the 2010 and 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies.
Shortlisted five times for the Bridport Prize and three times for the Fish Prize, she also came second in the 2011 Scottish Writers Association’s contest. In 2012 she was shortlisted in Mitchelstown Literary Society’s William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen competition and runner-up in 2013. Her stories have won the 2011 Exeter Writers competition, the 2013 Bath Short Story Award Local Prize and the 2015 London Short Story Prize.
As a student, Joanna lived in Germany for a year during the time of its division and was moved by the sorrow underlying the stoicism of the people she met there. The construction of literal and figurative walls, and specifically how the Berlin Wall altered the concept of home overnight, sowed the first seed for her debut novel. Reflecting both the suffering and the irrepressible spirit of ordinary people living in a country frozen by the Cold War, it began as a short story and grew into Tying Down The Lion, published by Brick Lane in 2015.
Ink Tears Press published her first short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, in January 2016.
Her second novel, Estuary Road, which is about the way our lives can unravel in a split second, is currently with her agent, Elise Dillsworth.
Read more about Joanna here.
Literary Delights is a free event but please book.