The Greenacre Writers Finchley Literary Festival starts this Friday

The Finchley Literary Festival starts this Friday! Below are the details…

Nearly all the events are FREE.

Friday kicks off at North Finchley Library, 11-12.30pm with a memoir course which can be paid for online. More details on the Greenacre Writers Blog.

Then there are talks about ‘Anatomy of a Soldier’ from Harry Parker and ‘The Good Mother’ from A.L. Bird at Church End Library, N3 1TR

Friday evening 7pm at Trinity Church Centre, N12 7NN, there is a Sci-Fi book launch with Allen Ashley who will be interviewed by expert Sandra Underman.

Saturday morning opens at Trinity Church Centre, N12 7NN

11am A Trio of excellent writers, Booker nominee – Yvvette Edwards, 2016 Betty Trask shortlist – Irenosen Okojie and 2016 British Fantasy Shortlist – Catriona Ward. They will be sharing their writing and publishing experiences.

11.15am There is Dragon’s Pen which is now fully booked. Good luck to those budding writers who have been brave enough to face the wrath of the fire-breathing she-dragons.

1.30-5.30pm Saturday afternoon sees the exciting announcement of the winners of the festival short story competition by London Short Story winner, Judge Joanna Campbell, who will then talk about her own short story success and latest novel.

This is followed by the very interesting and dramatic Orphans in Fiction with author Antonia Honeywell, and Doctoral Researcher Rosie Canning.

Lindsay Bamfield will be interviewing the extremely knowledgeable author, Sunny Singh, who will talk about all things writing.

Our final Saturday event takes us to India for the adventures of Inspector Chopra and his assistant, the capable baby elephant. Beware of elephants in Finchley! These wonderful characters will be joined by their creator, author Vaseem Khan.

There will be refreshments available at Trinity Church Centre during the festival.

Sunday 11am, we head to Waterstones Finchley, to meet the inspiring Katharine Norbury whose memoir ‘The Fish Ladder’, has been published to critical acclaim. Observer Rising Star 2015,Telegraph Best Book Of The Year 2015, Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, and Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2016.

Adopted as a baby, life changing events send Katharine on an unforgettable journey from sea to the source of various rivers. Fans of ‘H is for Hawk’ will especially enjoy this event.

This event is followed by a walk with lunch and afternoon tea stops and wonderful Finchley in Fiction literary readings. Meet Waterstones Finchley 12midday.

Sunday evening 6.00pm is the amazing Poetry Palooza at Finchley’s literary cafe, Cafe Buzz. Come and hear some wonderful poetry and music.

Do RSVP and we look forward to meeting you at the festival.

See more here.

All good wishes,
Rosie Canning
FLF Coordinator
Greenacre Writers
Twitter: @GreenacreWriter


Short story opportunities

I’ve been emailed two opportunities for short story writers:

Saltimbanque Books is accepting submissions for an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror stories in which the villain is a child (or children). Feel free to stretch the definitions of “villain” or “child”–be creative!

Deadline is December 31st, 2014. Reprints are fine with us. Payment is two contributor’s copies. Go to for info about how to submit, or send the submission directly to

Submissions should be pasted into the body of an email–no attachments.


Greenacre Writers November Short Story Competition

Closing Date: Thursday 20 November 2014 (midnight GMT)
Word Count: Maximum 1000 words on any subject.
Prizes: First Place – £45; Second Place – £20; Third Place – £10
Entry fee: £4.00

Entry Information:
Story length – maximum 1000 words.
The story can be written on any theme or in any genre.
Stories must be written in English.
Please write it in an easily read font such as Ariel 12pt.
Send your story by email, as an attachment, to Put ‘Story Competition’ in the subject line of the email. Please include your name and story title in the email (not in the story) and add your PayPal receipt number as well. (If you are unable to pay by PayPal and post your entry to: Greenacre Writers, 25 Chislehurst Avenue, London N12 0HU)

Click here for entry page:


And don’t forget, I welcome 6-word and <500-word stories for 6-word FFFs and Flash Fiction Fridays respectively. Feel free to send me stories that have been submitted elsewhere and / or use them elsewhere thereafter. The internet’s a big place, I never ask for exclusivity.