Our events...

Claire Shanahan

Cutting her teeth at Pearson and Hachette commissioning books for babies to teenagers, Claire Shanahan moved to reading charity Booktrust in 2009, and was promoted to the head of arts in 2012. She now oversees more than 10 of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes, including the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Baileys Prize for Fiction. Two celebrate short fiction: the BBC National Short Story Award and the Sunday Times Short Story Award. She is a regular speaker at festivals and conferences and media commentator on books and reading.

D W Wilson

D W Wilson is the author of a collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle (Bloomsbury), which includes the 2011 award-winning BBC National Short Story, The Dead Roads.

His first novel Ballistics (Bloomsbury UK & US, Penguin Canada) has been selected for the Waterstones 11 and has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. D W Wilson is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and his stories have appeared in literary magazines in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Joe Dunthorne

Joe is a short story writer, novelist and poet. Shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Award in 2010 for his story ‘Critical Responses to My Last Relationship’, he is best known for his novel ‘Submarine’, made into a film by Richard Ayoade. His work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and has featured on Channel 4 and BBC Radio 3 and 4. His poetry pamphlet collection, ‘Joe Dunthorne: Faber New Poets 5′ was published in 2010. His second novel, ‘Wild Abandon’, is about a brother and sister living on a commune in South Wales, and was published in 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.

Krys Lee

Krys Lee is the author of the short-story collection Drifting House, published by Viking/Penguin, US, and Faber & Faber, UK. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize fellowship in literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award, and a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in several national magazines and newspapers. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood International College. 

Liz Allard

Liz Allard has been producing short stories, Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime as well as radio dramas for almost fifteen years for BBC Radio.  Throughout the ten years of the BBC National Short Story Award Liz has been involved in the running and the production of the short-listed stories, directing many of the winners.  She works closely with the BBC’s partners in the award, Book Trust.


This prestigious award has changed the careers of many writers and continues to shine a spotlight on British short fiction. Join us to mark the Award's tenth birthday with 2011 winner DW Wilson, 2011 judge Joe Dunthorne and 2012 finalist Krys Lee who will read from their short stories and discuss how their stories resonate on the page and on the radio. Liz Allard, a BBC short story producer, will give insight from a BBC Radio perspective. Chaired by Claire Shanahan from Book Trust.

As well as being able to buy an individual ticket to this event, it is also part of our Friday Night Package.

The event will be at:

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD