Come and join us as we celebrate the launch of this new anthology, with readings from 4 contributing authors.
We Were Strangers is an anthology of ten original short stories inspired by Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures. The collection includes new fiction from the award-winning authors Toby Litt (shortlisted for the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award), Jenn Ashworth (winner of the 2010 Betty Trask Award), Nicholas Royle (shortlisted for the inaugural Edge Hill Prize, 2006), Sophie Mackintosh (winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Stylist/Virago Short Story competition) and Eley Williams (shortlisted for the 2018 James Tait Black Memorial Prize).
David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales, Aromabingo, Never Never, The Half-Life of Songs, More Sawn-Off Tales, All The Places I’ve Ever Lived and the graphic novel The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head.
Zoe Lambert’s first collection, The War Tour, was published by Comma Press in 2012. She lectures in creative writing at Lancaster University.
Sophie Mackintosh is originally from Wales, and is currently based in London. Her fiction has appeared in Granta and TANK, amongst others. She was the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Stylist X Virago Short Story Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize. Her debut novel, The Water Cure, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 2018.
Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections – Mortality, Ornithology, The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories – and seven novels, most recently First Novel. He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories for Salt Publishing. Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.