Short Story Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2010 Short Story Prize was announced today:

Five diverse writers have been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2010.

The unique accolade, now in its fourth year, is the UK’s only literary award that recognises a published collection of short stories.

This year’s event, which also celebrates Edge Hill University’s 125th anniversary celebrations, attracted entries from a number of distinguished writers and newcomers and the shortlist reflects the sheer variety of talented names in the short story world.

The shortlist is:

  • Jeremy Dyson, The Cranes that Build Cranes, Little Brown
  • Jane Feaver, Love Me Tender, Harvill Secker
  • A.L. Kennedy, What Becomes, Jonathan Cape
  • Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Nude, Salt Publishing
  • Robert Shearman, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Big Finish

Competition co-ordinator Ailsa Cox, Reader in Creative Writing and English at Edge Hill University, said: “We’re delighted by the quality and diversity of the shortlist. Some of these names are already familiar such as Jeremy Dyson, Rob Shearman and A.L Kennedy. A good short story is intense and exciting, sometimes sad and often very comic.  The The five collections all have these vital ingredients – so I predict that judging will be difficult this year.”

June Events

Over the last month the Corporate Events team has been busy confirming the programme of 125 events. Here’s a few highlights from next month:

Camila Batmanghelidijh Lecture – 14th June

Betrayals or Solutions: What’s on Offer for the Vulnerable Children of Britain

Camila BatmanghelidijhCamila will be joined by Edge Hill Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron as she delivers a free lecture Betrayals or Solutions: What’s on offer for the vulnerable children of Britain?

With more than half a million children referred to the child protection register each year, Camila will identify a need for a new paradigm shift on intervention and safeguarding our children, exploring what a potential new model could offer in terms of solutions.

Camila Batmanghelidjhis a trained psychotherapist and high-profile social entrepreneur, founding the Kids Company – a charity she set up in 1996 that supports children with behavioral, emotional and social difficulties in inner-city London. She was awarded Woman of the Year in 2006 and is a prominent media and social commentator on the social, economic and psychological well-being of children and young people.

Child and Adolescent Conference – 15th June

Getting it Right from the Start

Tanya ByronThis conference will identity the challenges that face the children and young people’s workforce in promoting emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will address some of the challenges providing an opportunity for questions and discussion. The afternoon will provide a range of workshops focused on innovative practice.

Throughout the day there will be table presentations for delegates to engage with key service representatives. The conference celebrates the collaboration between Edge Hill University and Alder Hey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Speakers include Professor Tanya Byron, psychologist, government adviser and Edge Hill University Chancellor.

Early Years Conference – 16th June

Let Me Be Me: Conversations about the ‘Unique Child’

The 2010 Early Years Conference is taking place on Wednesday 16th June 2010 at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

The theme of this year’s event is the ‘unique child’, following on from last year’s successful theme of ‘playfulness’. The spirit of ‘Let me be me’ is inspired by the poet Peter Dixon, focussing on the need for space and time for children to explore their own unique responses to the world. This, in turn, allows them to be nurtured as independent, imaginative and empowered thinkers and learners.

As well as keynote presentations, the conference will include a variety of practical and interactive workshops that delegates can choose to take part in to explore this theme further. Keynote speakers include Professor Pat Broadhead, from Leeds Metropolitan University and Sarah Argent a freelance theatre director specialising in theatre for young people.

Liz Thomas’ Inaugural Lecture

Last night I went along to the inaugural lecture by Professor Liz Thomas, Director of the Widening Participation Research Centre here at Edge Hill. I recorded some video on my team’s Flip camera but I’m not sure how well it’s come out so until I have time to do something with them, here are a couple of videos Liz showed during the lecture.

The Smiths

The Smiths

This post is guest authored by Andrew Lovelady from IT Services. If you’ve got something of interest, get in touch.

While preparing for the interview for my current job I searched the internet for Edge Hill College. In amongst the information useful for the interview was a review of The Smiths playing at Edge Hill on Friday 18 November 1983. This was a couple of weeks after the release of their second single “This Charming Man”. The record was slowly climbing the charts and a week later they appeared on Top of the Pops for the first time. The set was a good mix of their early singles and tracks off their debut LP which was released in spring 1984.

  • Handsome Devil
  • Still Ill
  • This Charming Man
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves
  • This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  • What Difference Does It Make?
  • Wonderful Woman
  • Hand In Glove
  • Reel Around The Fountain
  • Miserable Lie
  • encores
  • You’ve Got Everything Now
  • This Charming Man

According to Simon Goddard in his “The Smiths – Songs that saved your life”, this was the last time that Wonderful Woman – one of the b sides of This Charming Man 12 inch– was played live. Another literary mention of the gig appears in Stuart Maconie’s “Cider with Roadies”. Both books warmly recommended.

An audience with… Stuart Maconie

As previously mentioned, Stuart Maconie will be coming to Edge Hill for a special event next month. Details have just been released so apply for your ticket now.

We might get to hear some memories of his time at Edge Hill, like this one he recounted at the award of his honorary degree:

Stuart Maconie“Music was one of my main loves when I came here. I remember when I came to take my place in Lancs Hall with my mate Nigel, with our array of musical instruments and the fledgling band we had at the time. We once got kicked out of the music rooms which had pianos because we were told they weren’t for bands. They were for people to sit and play Debussy’s tunes, not for two or three blokes from Wigan to thrash about making a racket. At the time I thought it was the man trying to stop my music but I realise now that it was perfectly reasonable.

“Quite soon after I got here, the Hall President, who was a nice Welsh bloke called Dewi, was very into rugger, very into Chris Rea, very into all the kind of music and things that me, being a lad from Wigan, at the time thought terrible. We once heard about a letter that he had written home that said: ‘I was rather hoping for some good fellows to go drinking with who could form a rugby team with me, but all I seem to have got is some punk rockers with electric guitars.’ I, of course, thought this was wildly exciting and it made my chest swell with pride.”

To attend this free event on Thursday 29th April, email the Corporate Events team at corporateevents@edgehill.ac.uk, quoting reference 03, to book your place. The event starts at 6pm.

Please do not post a comment requesting a ticket – you need to email the address above!

Peter Davies: Taking the Next Step

Last night I went along to Edge Hill’s Alumni Network event to see a talk by Peter Davies, a corporate lawyer who has worked for the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Apple. He was sharing his experiences of changing direction and starting a new career – he himself trained as a teacher at Edge Hill College before leaving his first school after the first year to study a Masters and then on to Law school for a successful career.

The event was also an opportunity for past students to come together in the surroundings of the fantastic new Business and Law building and “network”! Mary Bernia explains:

The full video will hopefully be available in a few days but you can watch a sneak preview I took using the Web Services Flip Camera before the battery ran out: