The Best of the Best British Short Stories Series

In-Person Crazy Coqs London 7 PM
11 March 2022

Hear some of the best British Short stories performed by great actors with the writers present. Featuring Lizzie Ball on Violin and Paul Cook on piano. Hosted by the series editor, author Nicholas Royal.

The Best British Short Stories

In-Person Crazy Coqs London 7 PM

11 March 2022 Friday 11:00 LA 14:00 NY 19:00 UK

WORDTheatre is back at The Crazy Coqs. Enjoy some of the best contemporary fiction from the renowned series 'Best British Short Stories' brought to life by great actors with the phenomenal Lizzie Ball on violin and Paul Cook on piano! Hosted by the series editor, renowned author, Nicolas Royle. Several of the featured authors will be on hand to say hello. Directed by Cedering Fox

BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES brought to life by great actors.
Editor, Nicholas Royle

The nation’s favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its twelveth year.

‘Best British Short Stories’ invites you to judge a book by its cover – or, more accurately, by its title. This critically acclaimed series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor’s brief is wide ranging, covering anthologies, collections, magazines, newspapers and web sites, looking for the best of the bunch to reprint all in one volume.

The 2021 anthology includes stories by Julia Armfield, A.J. Ashworth, Iphgenia Baal, Emma Bolland, Tom Bromley, Gary Budden, Jen Calleja, Robert Dewa, John Foxx, Josephine Galvin, Uschi Gatward, Meave Haughey, Hilaire, Alice Jolly, Isha Karki, Yasmine Lever, Simon Okotie, Mel Pryor, Douglas Thompson and Matthew Turner.

‘Best British Short Stories 2019 is a dazzling and captivating collection that needs to be read!’ —Ross Jeffery, Storgy

‘In the Best British Stories 2017, a sense of loss, isolation and loneliness surfaces time and again; is given artistic expression. There is no such thing as “the best” – declaring the same merely sets oneself up to be bettered – this collection though, will take some real beating.’ —Tamim Sadikali, Bookmunch

‘If the latest iteration of Salt’s Best British Short Stories collection is anything to go by then the genre remains in safe hands.’ —Lawrence Foley, TLS


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Nicholas Royle is the author of four short story collections – Mortality, Ornithology, The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories andLondon Gothic – and seven novels, including Counterparts, Antwerp and First Novel. He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories. Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press, which publishes original short stories as signed, numbered chapbooks, and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize. His English translation of Vincent de Swarte’s 1998 novel Pharricide is published by Confingo Publishing and his most recent book is his first non-fiction work, White Spines: Confessions of a Book Collector (Salt).


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