Tania Hershman

poems, stories… up & up


 214B0669aLatest News

The Einstein-inspired short story anthology I co-edited, I Am Because You Are, is now available from Freight Books – co-editor Pippa Goldschmidt wrote about it for The Independent newspaper. You can find out more about the book here!

What I’m up to now

I am preparing a book for publication – my debut poetry chapbook, 2nd prize winner in the Fool for Poetry chapbook contest, coming Feb 2016. I’m writing a book – as the main part of my PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – a book-length creative work inspired by particle physics, which will include short stories, poems, and other undefinables. I have a SoundCloud page where you can hear me reading some of my work.

I’ve edited a book – together with Pippa Goldschmidt, I Am Because You Are, an anthology of new writing inspired by the 100th birthday of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity! I’m co-written a book – Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014) together with Courttia Newland.

I am also curator of ShortStops, a website whipping up excitement about UK & Ireland short story activity, and am one of the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows for the faculties of science at Bristol University.  I was a 2014 Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence and judge of the 2014 Bridport Flash Fiction Prize. I collaborated for the Bristol Festival of Ideas with military historian Jeremy Banning, the fruits of which you can see at LeavingTheLine.com, and am planning a new collaboration with award-winning poet Jo Bell.

How I Got Here

Born in London in 1970, I moved to Jerusalem in 1994. After making a living for 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED and NewScientist, I gave it all up to write fiction, and am now based in Bristol, UK.

My first collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and contains flash fiction and short stories inspired by science. My second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions,  was  published in May 2012 by Tangent Books and contains fifty six very short fictions.

My stories and poems have won various prizes, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published,  broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 & performed. I teach regularly for the Arvon Foundation.

I was writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University from 2009-2012, and received an Arts Council England grant to work on a short story collection inspired by a year spent in a biochemistry lab. I am also founder and managing editor of The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors.