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Chris Power and Lisa Blower

The Modern Short Story

The Sky Room, MK Gallery

Sunday 22 September, 12.15pm: £5
Free tickets available for 16 - 25 year olds: click for details

'These are stories which resonate, which demand re-reading, and which deserve to be placed in the hands of readers.’ Jon McGregor

Chris Power's 'Brief Survey of the Short Story' has appeared in the Guardian since 2007, and his fiction has been published in The Stinging FlyThe Dublin Review and The White Review.


Mothers, his first book, is peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends – characters who search without knowing what they seek. From remote and wild Exmoor to ancient Swedish burial sites and hedonistic Mexican weddings, these stories lay bare the emotional and psychic damage of life and love in a stunning debut collection.


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'Reading Lisa’s stories is like being given the privilege of scouring over the UK’s lesser known towns and picking the roofs off people’s houses, then the tops off their minds and delving in to the innermost thoughts and feelings' - Hollie McNish


Lisa Blower is a lecturer in Creative Writing, with research interests in working-class fiction and the short story. Her fiction has appeared in The Guardian, on Radio 4, in Comma Press anthologies, Short Story Sunday, and in the Common People anthology edited by Kit de Waal. Her debut novel Sitting Ducks was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize 2017 and longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker 2016.


Her first short story collection, It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's, is published by Myriad Editions, and tells the stories of some of those living on the margins in contemporary Britain.

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