Tania Hershman

poems, stories… up & up

me

 214B0669aLatest News

My poetry chapbook is going to be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival on Feb 12th, and I’ve been invited to do all sorts of wonderful events this year –  more great invites keep rolling in! Do invite me to come read somewhere in the UK, I love doing it! Here is the list of events so far

The 5-day residential flash fiction course I am co-tutoring with Dave Swann at Arvon’s The Hurst in August 2016 is now open for booking (bursaries available)!

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, which will be launched at the Cork Poetry Festival in 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’m applying for funding a new project for 2016-2017, partly a writing residency, which will produce a new book, and am plotting with the marvellous poet, performer and poetry activist Jo Bell on a site specific performance piece, stay tuned!  I am also constantly adding new recordings to my SoundCloud page if you’d like to 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.

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 the founder  of The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors, though am no longer involved in its activities.

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