Tania Hershman

poems, stories… up & up


 214B0669aLatest News

I have a new poem – with a ridiculously long title! – published today in B O D Y: After The Man Who Finds A 100-Year-Old Bottle Made By Her Great-Grandfather’s Company, With His Name Still On It, Won’t Sell It To Her.

What a thrill that the Einstein-inspired short story anthology I co-edited, I Am Because You Are, is now available from Freight Books. Find out more here! If you are in or near London, do come to our first event discussing the anthology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, on Oct 15th.

What I’m up to now

I’m writing a book – as the main part of my PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University (it’s a book-length creative work inspired by particle physics – which will include short stories, poems, and other undefinables.) I’ve edited a book – together with Pippa Goldschmidt, an anthology of new writing inspired by the 100th birthday of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity! I’m promoting a book – Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014) which I am  co-writer and editor of, together with Courttia Newland! And 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 am also curator of a brand new website whipping up excitement about UK & Ireland short story activity ShortStops and am the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in the faculties of science at Bristol University. I have a SoundCloud page where you can hear me reading some of my work. 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.