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Cathy Galvin

Founder and Editor at The Word Factory, 'a series of intimate short story salons bringing brilliant writers and readers together for wine, conversation and great work,' Cathy Galvin is a journalist. During her time as Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine she co-founded the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Although not a short story writer herself, writing has always been a part of her life and we are looking forward to having her judge our 2014 London Short Story Prize.

Marina Warner

Marina Warner was brought up in Egypt, Belgium, and Cambridge, England. She has been a writer since she was young, specialising in mythology and fairy tales, with an emphasis on the part women play in them. In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. Her books include Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), and Stranger Magic Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011). She also writes fiction: The Lost Father (l988), was short listed for the Booker prize, and in 2000, The Leto Bundle (2000) was long-listed.  She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Professorial Research Fellow at SOAS, 2014-2017. Her latest book is Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (OUP, 2014). A collection of short stories Fly Away Home will be published by Salt in autumn 2015. She was Chair of the Man Booker International Prize for 2015, and is convening a series of seminars, 'Orienting Fiction’, at All Souls, Oxford in Trinity Term, 2015, and is writing a memoir-cum-novel set in Cairo in the Fifties. She was awarded the Holberg Prize in the humanities in 2015.

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a short story writer, novelist and a playwright. Her most recent acclaimed novel is Swimming Home (2012), which was longlisted for the Man Booker. Her short story Black Vodka was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2012 and is the title story of her short story collection Black Vodka and other Stories, a collection that explores notions of self-identity across cultural borders. Other short story publications include Ophelia and the Great Idea (1985) and Pillow Talk in Europe and Other Places (2004). Previous novels include Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved and Billy and Girl. In 2001 she was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship and in the USA she was Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at The Royal College of Art from 2006-2009. Deborah lives in London.

SJ Naudé

S.J. Naudé grew up in South Africa. He studied at Cambridge University, was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and practised law in New York and London for many years. His collection of stories, The Alphabet of Birds, won multiple awards, including the South African Literary Award for best debut work, and it will be published in Dutch and French in 2015/6. His work has also appeared in Granta and journals in the US and the Netherlands. He was awarded the 2014 Jan Rabie & Marjorie Wallace Writers' Scholarship, the largest award for creative writing in South Africa. He currently lives in Cape Town.


Word Factory presents some of the world's best short story writers at their monthly salons right here in Waterstones Piccadilly. Their events are unmissable if you are a writer or a fan of great writing. We are delighted to join with Word Factory to offer you warm, inspiring and memorable conversation with Deborah Levy, SJ Naudé and Dame Marina Warner, who will read from their work and talk to Cathy Galvin, Word Factory Director.

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

The event will be at:

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD