There was a cold whip in the wind when we went to St James' Wine Vaults in Bath for a Flash Fiction night, so the yellow glow through steamed up windows was a welcoming sight. The name 'St James' Wine Vaults' is a bit of misnomer as it definitely feels like a pub; an old, high ceilinged, locals' pub with live music downstairs and a space for hire upstairs. It's also pretty popular, so we had to edge in and shuffle round until we made it triumphantly to the winners' position of 'next at the bar' - a square shaped bar with stools, no less. There's even a pool table. Need I say more.
Anyway, the point of the night was the Flash Fiction. Organised by Jude Higgins, who as well as being a writer and writing tutor, is also directing the first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction.
What is Flash Fiction? Well, Wikipedia says that Flash fiction is "fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as twitterature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words). Some commentators have also suggested that some flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality, e.g. the ability to hint at or imply a larger story."
We heard 6 writers that night and their stories were transfixing - some funny, some poignant, some disturbing - and quite something that in such a short space of time (maybe 4 or 6 stories in ten minutes) they were able to deliver such clear and intense imagery. In this photo blog post they tell me why they love writing and performing Flash Fiction.
Would I go back? In a flash. (Sorry, couldn't resist).
Santino Prinzi https://tinoprinzi.wordpress.com/
Carrie Etter https://www.carrieetter.com/
Michael Loveday http://www.michaelloveday.co.uk/workshops
Kevlin Henney http://asemantic.blogspot.co.uk/
Diane Simmons http://dianesimmons.wixsite.com/dianesimmons
Jeanette Sheppard https://thelonelycrowd.org/2015/06/13/trumpets-by-jeanette-sheppard/
To find out more about the 24th & 25th June Flash Fiction festival in Bath:
To get information about entering a flash fiction contest:
National Flash Fiction Day: