Tickets on sale for Short Story Day at Uni of Huddersfield, Saturday 5th December

A fantastic day of short story-focussed events at the University of Huddersfield. 

Tickets are £5 per event, or £15 for all four. 

Full information and tickets available here:


1.00pm - 3.00pm
Writing from Research: Fact into Fiction
With Michelle Green and Claire Dean

They say ‘write what you know’, but when does researching a subject go too far? How should an author balance authenticity and background knowledge with creative freedom and poetic licence? And what are the responsibilities that come with writing about real events or real research? Authors Michelle Green and Claire discuss these themes as well as read from research- inspired short stories. Michelle Green’s Jebel Marra draws on her own experiences as an aid worker in Darfur, as well as extensive research into the history, politics and even archaeology of Darfur; whilst Claire Dean’s recent stories from Comma Press grew out of collaborations with physicist, Professor Steen Rasmussen, and sleep scientist, Dr. Manual Schabus.

3.30 - 5.30
Morphologies Masterclass: 
Ramsey Campbell on H.P. Lovecraft, and David Constantine on D.H. Lawrence.

David Constantine and Ramsey Campbell are undoubtedly among the greatest short story writers working in Britain today, albeit with very different styles and approaches to the form. For this unique event, we have asked them to personally reflect on two past masters of the short story, two figures who have influenced every aspect of their work. Ramsey will talk about a writer who managed to fuse two genres together (horror and SF), like no-one else before or since, namely, H.P. Lovecraft. Whilst David will explore the short stories of D.H. Lawrence, a writer whose vision and practice influences every aspect of his work.

6.00pm - 7.30pm
PANEL DEBATE: Plot vs. Image; Competing Visions of the Short Story
With Ramsey Campbell, David Constantine, Claire Dean and Michelle Green

How do you build a short story? What are the essential foundations and building blocks for a story that will last? How do you spot a short-story-shaped idea when you have one? Different writers will have very different answers to this question; for some a short story is defined by its turning point, its teleological awareness of its own ending; for others a story will grow and revolve around a seemingly static, haunting image. This event will hear from four very different writers discussing the delicate process of planting and then nurturing an idea into life.

8.00pm - 9.00pm 
Comma Press Showcase- Readings from our authors       

Comma Press, the UK’s most prolific independent publisher of short fiction and host of today’s events presents an evening of readings from four of its most exciting writers:  Ramsey Campbell reading from his contributions to Phobic and The New Uncanny; David Constantine reading from his Selected Stories; Claire Dean from Spiddles: Stories from the Science of Sleep and Michelle Green from Jebel Marra. You will hear a broad sweep of tales from some of Britain’s best short story writers! Drinks reception to follow.d sweep of tales from some of Britain’s best short story writers! Drinks reception to follow.