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TCR Presents: A Celebration of the BBC National Short Story Award 2019

Wednesday 9th October 18:30 - 20:30 at London - Tottenham Court Road

We are delighted to be hosting Lucy Caldwell, Jacqueline Crooks and Tamsin Grey who will be included in this year's BBC National Short Story Award anthology.

Back for the fourteenth year, the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 
one of the most prestigious literary prizes for a single short story in the UK, and aims to celebrate and promote the best in contemporary short fiction.
This year the judging panel is chaired by television and radio broadcaster Nikki Bedi, selecting the shortlist alongside novelist and writer of narrative non-fiction, Richard Beard; short story writer and novelist Daisy Johnson; screenwriter, novelist and 2017 BBC National Short Story Award winner, Cynan Jones; and returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.
This year's winner will be announced on 1st October live on BBC Radio 4. 
Chaired by Alice Slater, co-host of What Page Are You On and currently editing a short story anthology for 3 of Cups Press.

Lucy Caldwell is the award-winning author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, two collections of short stories ('Multitudes', 2016, and 'Intimacies', forthcoming in May 2020, and is the editor of the anthology 'Being Various: New Irish Short Stories', Faber 2019). Lucy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She was previously shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award in 2012.

Jacqueline Crooks' short stories have been published by MsLexia, Granta and Virago, and she was featured in the Breaking Ground list of the Best British Writers of Colour. Her collection, 'The Ice Migration' (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize in the Political Fiction category, and she has also been shortlisted for the Ashram and Wasafiri New Writing awards. She delivers writing workshops to socially excluded communities, primarily older people, refugees and asylum seekers, disadvantaged children and young people.

Tamsin Grey grew up in England, Scotland and Zambia. She has worked as a cucumber picker, a yoga teacher, an oral historian, and as a speechwriter to a secretary of state. Her first novel, 'She's Not There', was published by The Borough Press in 2018 to critical acclaim. Tamsin works part-time as a civil servant and is currently interviewing colleagues across Whitehall about their experiences of working on EU Exit. She is also writing her second novel, set at a music festival.
London - Tottenham Court Road Waterstones, London - Tottenham Court Road
Wednesday 9th October 18:30 - 20:30
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