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Shibboleth and other stories Launch

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

The 2016 Margaret River Short Story Competition anthology presents the finest emerging and established voices in Australian literature. Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of 'Shibboleth & other stories' at the Centre for Stories with readings by Emily Paull, Mikaela Castledine and south-west winner Phil Sparrow. 

'Shibboleth & other stories' will be launched by Perth writer Nathan Hobby, whose novel The Fur won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award in 2004.

The 2016 collection contains stories to be felt, read, and remembered. Stories that cover births, deaths, and moments that define our hopes, fears, and failures. 

They are stories that connect with a deeper sense of humanity. They are stories to be enjoyed at home, in our bed, or on the train: wherever it’s possible to savour the quiet, loud, and unforgettable moments of life. 

With her prize-winning story ‘Shibboleth,’ Jo Riccioni paves the way for a collection of twenty-four immaculate stories. Other contributors include Magdalena McGuire, Julie Kearney, Cassie Hamer, Phil Sparrow, Michelle Wright, Mirandi Riwoe, and many more. 

Editor Laurie Steed writes, ‘When I tell people I’m an author and editor of short fiction, they often reply that they don’t like reading short stories. One might expect me to be dismayed by such a response. Instead, I’m all the more committed to assuring them that it is not that they don’t like short stories. It’s that they have not yet read the right ones.’

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP essential.

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Author & Editor

Laurie Steed, Editor

Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize-winning author of You Belong Here and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island,The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria and runs writing courses at various writers centres in WA. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Margaret River Press.

Jo Riccioni, Winner
Jo Riccioni’s stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2011, The Age, and literary journals in Australia and the UK. Her first novel, The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, won the International Rubery Award for Fiction in 2015. She is currently working on her first short story collection, Can’t Take the Country out of the Boy, the title story of which has been optioned for a short film.

Magdalena McGuire, Runner up
Magdelena McGuire was born in Poland, grew up in Darwin, and now lives in Melbourne. Her short stories have been published in Australia and internationally by The Big Issue, The Bristol Prize and Margaret River Press. She has published widely on human rights topics, including women’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading books about girls who like reading books. 

Phil Sparrow, South West winner 
Phil Sparrow started writing in his teens. He has had a number of stories and plenty of articles published, many of which draw on the years he spent in Afghanistan as an aid worker. His first book, From Under a Leaky Roof, was published by Fremantle Press. Phil continues to work overseas in aid projects.