It’s hard not to love the compact beauty of the short story.
Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival:
Every day during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a new and upcoming local writer takes the stage at the Spiegeltent to give a reading of (typically) one or more short stories. These popular Story Shop performances are now held for the eighth consecutive year, are roughly 10 minutes long, start at 4pm sharp, and are free and unticketed.
Story Shop on this site:
Each Story Shopper has their own page (see below) with a short bio, an audio sample, and a small taster of a story you can expect to hear on the day. As you can tell, the participants cover a whole range of styles and genres.
Sat 9th Aug Sarah Gundle →
Sun 10th Aug Ruth Aylett →
Mon 11th Aug Alison Summers →
Tue 12th Aug Becky Leach →
Wed 13th Aug Halsted M. Bernard →
Thu 14th Aug Susan MacDonald →
Fri 15th Aug Hayley Swinson →
Sat 16th Aug Nicole Brandon →
Sun 17th Aug Kirsten Waller →
Mon 18th Aug Marjorie Lotfi Gill →
Tue 19th Aug Helen Foster →
Wed 20th Aug Andrea Mullaney →
Thu 21st Aug Phil Adams →
Fri 22nd Aug Clare Archibald →
Sat 23rd Aug Alec Beattie →
Sun 24th Aug Stephanie McGregor →
Mon 25th Aug Keith Dumble →
Missed it or can’t make it ?
No worries! You can find the complete versions of all the Story Shop 2014 stories read that day, and of all which went before it, on the pages linked from line-up overview above. The full text will replace the taster versions shortly after the Story Shopper of the Day leaves the stage, roughly around 4.30 pm. Keep in mind that this change is made by people who are at a bustling festival, so if you can’t see the complete short story right away, do check later.
Emerging Writers Programme
Story Shop is run by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust as part of it’s Emerging Writers Programme, to give new and upcoming local writers a chance to showcase their work at one of the titans amongst book festivals. And to give the visitors to the Edinburgh International Book Festival an opportunity to discover new voices from our local scene. The Trust also offers the seventeen Story Shoppers -selected out of roughly 100 applications- a workshop and other complimentary support to prepare them for their public performance.
All about Story Shop
How to apply for an opportunity to read at Story Shop 2015