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Jeremy Osborne

Jeremy Osborne has been finding and producing short stories for Sweet Talk Productions on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4Extra since 2004. In addition, he finds and abridges most of Sweet Talk’s Books At Bedtime for Radio 4. As well as commissioning stories from new and established writers alike for themed series, Jeremy is the producer of the new writing showcase, The Time Being.

Jim Hinks

Jim Hinks is the Digital Editor at Comma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in short fiction. Comma publish a diverse range of short story writers from the UK and beyond, including David Constantine (winner of the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award and 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), Sarah Maitland, Jane Rogers, Pawel Huelle and Hassan Blasim (winner of the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize). More info at www.commapress.co.uk @CommaPress 

Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh is a writer and illustrator. Her writing has been published by Granta, Dalkey (Best European Fiction 2015), and Salt (Best British Short Stories 2014), with forthcoming stories in Litro and Freight anthologies, plus standalone stories at Readux, and Galley Beggar Singles. Her work has also appeared in Gorse, The White Review, and in other journals. Her story collection, Fractals (3:AM Press, 2013) will be followed this Autumn by a work of creative non-fiction, Hotel (Bloomsbury) and a second story collection, Vertigo (The Dorothy Project). Her illustrations have been published and exhibited worldwide, from The Guardian to The New York Times, to Penguin Books to the Tate Modern. She reviews for a number of papers. She is fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine, runs @read_women, and is a member of the London Institute of 'Pataphysics.

Stefan Tobler

Stefan Tobler is the publisher at And Other Stories, a young publishing house of contemporary international writing. It publishes a number of short story collections, including Deborah Levy’s ‘Black Vodka’, the Costa Short Story winner Angela Readman’s ‘Don’t Try This at Home‘ and SJ Naudé’s ‘The Alphabet of Birds.’ He is a literary translator from Portuguese and German. Twitter: @stefantobler / @andothertweets

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman is the author of two story collections: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008; commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers). Tania's award-winning short stories and poetry have been widely published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Tania won 3rd prize in the 2014 Ruskin Poetry Prize and her poetry has been published in Magma, Obsessed with Pipework, Butcher's Dog, Poems in Which, Poem magazine, Amaryllis, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. She is curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland, a Royal Literary Fund fellow at Bristol University and studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Tania is co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014). www.taniahershman.com

Yuka Igarashi

Yuka Igarashi has edited short fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications in New York and London. She has been managing editor at Granta since 2013, where she commissions and acquires pieces for print and online. She was Issue Editor of Granta 127: Japan as well as of the novel Young God, by Katherine Faw Morris. She received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has taught writing at universities including Columbia and Parsons the New School of Design in New York.


Ask our panel how to get the gatekeepers to open up and let you in. Hear all the experts in one place tell you how to get your short stories out into the world. Joanna Walsh (chair) will mine Jim Hinks (Comma Press), Tania Hershman (writer), Yuka Igarashi (Granta), Jeremy Osborne (Sweet Talk Productions) and Lucy Luck (Aitken Alexander Associates Agency) for all the information you need about getting an agent, getting your work published or produced for radio and how best to tackle entering prizes.

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

The event will be at:

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD