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STAND UP FOR BOOKS: Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland & Emma Jane Unsworth

January 31, 2013 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Featuring Joe Dunthorne, author of the book-turned-film Submarine, poet and performer Ross Sutherland, and Emma Jane Unsworth, winner of the Betty Trask award.

Joe Dunthorne is a British novelist, poet and journalist, who first made his name with his novel, Submarine (Penguin). Submarine was made into a hit film in 2010. His second novel, Wild Abandon (Penguin), won the Encore award in 2012. A collection of Joe’s poetry was published as part of the Faber New Poets series in 2010. Read The Shapes We Made, an exclusive short story by Joe, recently published in The Guardian. See:

Ross Sutherland is the author of four collections of poetry. His latest, Emergency Window, was published last August by London press Penned in the Margins. Along with Joe, he runs a monthly literary scratch night in East London called Homework. In 2011 he made a documentary about his search to find a computer program that can write better poetry than he can. See the results at He is currently touring his new interactive theatre show, Comedian Dies In The Middle Of Joke. See:

Emma Jane Unsworth’s short story ‘I Arrive First’ was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). Her first novel, Hungry, the Stars and Everything, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction. She is working on her second novel and a collection of short stories. She is a columnist for The Big Issue in the North.

The evening will be compered by Bim Adewunmi. Bim is a freelance journalist who writes columns for The Guardian and The New Statesman, as well as other titles. She also writes a blog about popular culture, feminism and race at

Short Story Submissions:

There are two slots up for grabs, so we’re looking for writers to submit their short stories. We’ve decided to ditch the theme for this event so feel free to go no holds barred. We’re looking for something different this time…

If your short story is chosen, you’ll get to appear on stage alongside Joe, Emma, and Ross, to read your story.

For your chance to appear at this event, you’ll need to submit your short story to Jessica Atkinson ( by 25 January 2013 (you must also be available to attend the event on 31 January).

We don’t mind whether you’re published or unpublished, what’s important is that you can write a good story and you can own the stage! Your work needs to be 800 – 1,500 words in length (reading time of 5-10 minutes max).

Held in association with the Society of Authors.


January 31, 2013
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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