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Past Event – The Art of the Short Story

Lucy Caldwell, Yan Ge, Thomas Morris
£10. Shedding light on the unique beauty and complexity that comes from the short story form, Thomas Morris and Yan Ge will join chair Lucy Caldwell to discuss their respective short story collections. This event is run in partnership with Faber Academy for readers and writers alike.

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The Bindery, London
7:00 pm
About the Event

Shedding light on the unique beauty and complexity that comes from the short story form, Thomas Morris (a Granta Best Young Novelist 2023) and Yan Ge (Winner of the Mao Dun Literature Prize for Young Writers) will join chair Lucy Caldwell (Winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2021) to discuss their respective short story collections. This event is run in partnership with Faber Academy for readers and writers alike.


‘A gripping, stunning work, worldly and otherworldly.’ Madeleine Thein

‘How do you know this is all real and happening? How can you be sure you haven’t already died in the earthquake and are just living in the afterlife?’

In her highly anticipated English-language debut, Yan Ge explores isolation in nine iridescent, witty and wondrous tales. Both contemporary and ancient, real and surreal, the stories in Elsewhere range from China to Dublin to London and Stockholm.

From a group of writers lounging on the edge of a disaster zone to a mandarin ostracised from his old court, desperately trying to avoid a threat to his life; from a woman who inexplicably loses her voice, and the poet who steals her words, to a couple who meet all too fleetingly at a cinema in Dublin, these are strange and beguiling stories of dispossession, longing and the diasporic experience.

Open Up

Thomas Morris is incredibly gifted within the form. Open Up not only confirms his unique skill and sensitivity as a writer, these stories positively redefine masculism, taking apart identity constructions, exploring conflicted territories, and offering nuanced, progressive perspectives.’ Sarah Hall

From a child attending his first football match, buoyed by secret magic, to the perplexity of grief and loss through the eyes of a seahorse, Thomas Morris seeks to find grace, hope and benevolence in the churning tumult of self-discovery.

Philosophically acute. Wincingly humane. Strikingly original. This outstanding suite of stories is bursting with a bracing emotional depth. Open Up cracks the heart as it expands the short story form.


From the winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award and the 2022 E. M. Forster Award.

‘Smart, nuanced and sometimes heart-stopping.’ Anne Enright
‘Outstanding.’ Guardian
‘Eleven perfect stories.’ Irish Independent
‘Glorious.’ The Times
‘My FAVE collection ever.’ Pandora Sykes

In eleven stories, Lucy Caldwells Intimacies exquisitely charts the steps and missteps of young women trying to find their place in the world. From a Belfast student ordering illegal drugs online to end an unwanted pregnancy to a young mother’s brush with mortality, and from a Christmas Eve walking the city centre streets when everything seems possible, to a night flight from Canada which could change a life irrevocably, these are stories of love, loss and exile, of new beginnings and lives lived away from ‘home’.

‘Embedded in these stories are exquisite, often moving descriptions where everyday moments mix with the monumental.’ Financial Times

Whatto Expect

Everything you need to know about this Faber Members event:

  • This event is taking place at Faber’s new premises at The Bindery, 51–53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN
  • The nearest underground stations are Chancery Lane Station (Central line) and Farringdon Station (Circle line, The Elizabeth line, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan line).
  • Doors will open at 6.30 p.m.
  • Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
  • There will be a bookshop onsite. Card payments only.
  • Everyone eligible for concessionary rates can use code Concession5 for £5 tickets.
About the Author

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, two previous collections of short stories, Multitudes and Intimacies, and in 2019 she was the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2021 for ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2022 E. M. Forster Award and, for her most recent novel, These Days, the Walter Scott Prize. Her forthcoming collection of short stories, Openings, will be published by Faber in 2024.

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About the Author

Yan Ge was born in Sichuan, China, in 1984. She is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English who has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Mao Dun Literature Prize (Best Young Writer), and she was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into English, French and German, among other languages. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19. She lives in Norwich.

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Portrait of author Yan Ge
About the Author

Thomas Morris’s debut story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, won the Wales Book of the Year Award, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award and a Somerset Maugham Prize. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published and anthologised in Zoetrope, Best European Fiction and The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story. Born and raised in Caerphilly, South Wales, he now lives in Dublin, where he is editor-at-large at the Stinging Fly.

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