Shortlisted for the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award

Shortlisted writers with judges and Penelope Wilton at the Royal Academy
Shortlisted writers, judges and reader Penelope Wilton

My short story ‘Emergency’ has reached the shortlist for The RA and Pin Drop Short Award 2017. I’m thrilled.

The award is a collaboration between Pin Drop Studio and the Royal Academy of Arts that celebrates the short-story form. This is wonderful enough. Even more wonderfully, they celebrate the short story off the page—as a spoken, heard, live event. Storyteller and listeners gather around the fire (or, in this case, in a palatial room in the RA).

Each year a special guest narrates the winning story at the RA.The live reading is also made into a podcast to join Pin Drop’s fantastic archive. Previous readers include Stephen Fry and Juliet Stevenson. This year’s narrator is the mellifluous Penelope Wilton.

And so, I look forward to the awards ceremony on 23 June at the RA. Please do come on the night, if you’re around. Live short-story readings are a glorious thing.

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