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Topic: Damien to read at The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 with WordTheatre | Foyles, London, 3 April 2014

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Damien to read at The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 with WordTheatre | Foyles, London, 3 April 2014
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Damien is doing another reading with WordTheatre, announced by Foyles today!

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He will be reading the short story:

Othello by Marjorie Celona 

at the Sunday Times Short Story Awards 2014, at Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross London on 3 April.

Tickets are £8 (£5 concession) and can be bought HERE



 

More info via booktrust.org:

 

"A prestigious panel of judges has been announced for the world’s most valuable prize for a single short story. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is worth £30,000 to the winning author. This year’s judging panel will comprise novelist, comic, critic and former Man Booker judge David Baddiel, Booker shortlisted novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall, internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Elif Shafak and Sunday Times chief literary critic and former Man Booker Chair Professor John Carey. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times completes the line-up, alongside the non-voting chair of judges Matthew Evans, Chairman of EFG.

 

A truly international prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Last year's winner was Junot Diaz for his story 'Miss Lora'.

 

The judges are looking for an outstanding English-language story of 6,000 words or under from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. The winner will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000 as well as having their work published online."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Anyone say 'have you got a ticket?' Why yes, I have!

Already excited!

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#Damiac!

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I was in the middle of buying mine when you texted me Kat :) So that's two going at least then.

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I love that my new desk position at work means that nobody can see my computer screen as it makes sneaky buying of Damo tickets is so much easier to do! I'm booked!

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Day before my birthday. Still can't blinking go... mini tantrum was had on Twitter.

It's times such as this that i really hate that my husband works shifts.... I could honestly cry. :(

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I won't be able to go but this is where I saw Richard Armitage! He plays Thorin in The Hobbit.

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Happy for those who can go! as usual, we'd love to hear all about it after! yes please! just so this topic doesn't become people saying they are going, and then not telling the rest of us about it after, that is just cruel! lol!

Sympathise with those who can't ... as you know I am always on the outside looking in on these things, but c'est la vie, we shall continue to be happy for others and live vicariously throught their stories grouphug

So happy that Damien seems to be now firmly establised as one of WordTheatre's top talents, he has performed with them now since 2012, go Damien!

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Managed to purchase mine before dashing off to work this morning. Hurrah!

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yay! a good contingency of forumers are going!

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ok so i wasn't going to go to this but becca forced me into it! Wonder what itll be like....i may google the book shop and see how big it is lol x

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Bet that took alot of forcing Su!

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Foyles is a big shop and the most famous (possibly also the oldest?) in London. I suspect this is in a special area or room...

My ticket turned up today, so big yay

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I'm sorry Su, I know it's a terrible thing I'm 'forcing' you to do. Please forgive me.

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Foyles hire out their Gallery area for events, perhaps it will take place there?

Info and pics here

 More info on the 4 shortlisted stories including the short story Damien will be reading, here



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*sigh* well I forgive you becca (like I was ever not gonna go, pfft)

Good to know it's quite big! Is it allocated seating? Xx

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OK...yeah...so...I may have a ticket for this too.....



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Yay fifi! good to hear the usual suspects are going to be there!

Not sure at all on the seating Su, when you bought tickets were there seat allocations? and it may not be in the gallery area, that's just the info on the Foyle website

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The event is in the Gallery...and there doesn't appear to be any seat allocations - just a ticket number.



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ah ok, thanks very much for confirming fifi

so ............................................mass bundle to get in the front row then guys?

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Here is a little more info on "Othello" the short story Damein will be reading at the EFG Short Story Awards on 3 April, plus a brief interview with the writer Marjorie Celona

Damien is not fitting the profile of her ideal reader! lol!

Sunday Times EFG | Marjory Celona | booktrust.org

What inspired you to write the story? Is it drawn from personal experience?

Is it okay to say that I don't remember?  The inspiration for anything I write is so quickly eclipsed by the writing of it. I do recall driving through the town of Othello, Washington, a couple of times, and I do recall that both times something was on fire.  I have nothing coherent to say about where my characters come from (the moon?)-and beyond that the story just kind of wrote itself. It took a long time. 

 

How does writing short stories differ from writing full-length fiction, and what do you enjoy about writing in the genre?

I could and did write short stories while attending university full time and working three part-time jobs.  I wrote short stories in coffee shops, in computer labs, on buses, on airplanes, on napkins, in notebooks, on other people's computers in other people's apartments.  It isn't easy work by any means, but you can do it here and there.  You can do it and still have a life.  I couldn't have a life while I wrote my novel.  I lived in a cottage in the woods and saw no one. That said, novels are a sloppier business.  They're never perfect, even the sort-of perfect ones.  But there are so many perfect short stories. I like the pressure of this-the pressure to get even the phonemes right. 

 

Do you write by hand first or straight onto screen; why does your chosen method work for you?

I write on my laptop (years ago, I broke my wrist and am unable to write longhand anymore, though I do prefer it). I like writing on little hotel notepads best; if I could, I think I'd write exclusively that way.

 

Which short story collection by another author would you recommend?

Unlikely Stories, Mostly by Alasdair Gray. 

 

The story will be read aloud by an actor at Foyles on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 April. Who would be your preferred voice to read your short story aloud and why?

Someone who sounds like his name could be Vernon Lindy, a down-on-his-luck guy in his 30s or 40s, who lives in a part of Washington state known as the Palouse. Someone who loves music, especially Motown.

 

What would you do if you won the prize?

Live off the funds while I finish my next book; put the rest in a savings account for my soon-to-be-born first child. Feel really, really lucky.

 


Damien Molony

Foyles WordTheatre reading

Damien Molony (Being Human, Ripper Street, Suspects) will be reading Marjorie Celona'sOthello at The Gallery, Foyles Charing Cross Road on Thursday 3 April. Buy tickets: £8/£5 (concessions).



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Thanks for this domino.

No - Damien doesn't fit her profile....but I'm sure he'll manage!  Seems like a bit of an unfair question....



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Agree, jsut thougth it was funny. Damien is an actor and as we know master of accents... he can be anyone. I wonder if he will read the story with an accent?

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So this event is 2 weeks today!



Tickets are still available

 

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