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Keeping it Short: Flash Fiction and Stand-up Poetry - Tee Francis, Michael Forte, Frances Colville, Richard Green, Gail Aldwin and Peter Roe

  • Literary & Scientific Institute 51 East Street Bridport, England, DT6 United Kingdom (map)

Today’s event brings together a collection of some of the area’s prize-winning and published short story writers and poets. Expect to hear some beautifully crafted words, some whimsical, some thoughtful, some humorous, and some, to be honest, completely surreal.

Tee Francis is a Dorset-based poet, writer, and therapeutic writing facilitator. Her work is provocative, subversive and funny, with poems ranging from acerbic societal 'selfies' to sensitive microcosms of humanity. Her work has been published in numerous poetry magazines and she performs regularly in the South West. She is looking to publish her debut poetry collection, Sherbet Lemons, in 2019.

Michael Forte left school at sixteen and drifted aimlessly before landing a job on the Harry Worth Summer Show. This led to regular theatre work and a course at the London Film School which enabled him to blag his way into the BBC. There he wrote for Lenny Henry, Tracey Ullman and Russ Abbott amongst others as he climbed the slippery slope to producer. As a freelancer Michael produced shows with stars including Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, David Mitchell and Larry David, before retiring to write and paint full time. Michael has written eight novels and a collection of short stories.

Frances Colville is passionate about history and books and has spent most of her life reading. She is a published flash fiction writer and has won competitions for her longer short stories as well as her flash fiction. She also writes non-fiction articles, generally with a historical slant, and reviews books for an online magazine. She runs the hugely popular Bridport Flash Fiction slams, is secretary of the Dorset Writers’ Network, and proofreads and copy-edits professionally.

Richard Green has delighted Dorset audiences with his surreal and comic tales. He has a knack of taking an event or an idea, and re-framing it to hilarious effect. According to Richard his stories might be inspired by a title, a picture in a newspaper, a joke or "Sometimes an image simply comes into my head. I like to reverse the logic of traditional stories and events." He’s been a night porter, built a watercress farm and was once a semi-finalist in Brain of Britain. He is also a prize-winning poet and author of Chosen by Random

Gail Aldwin is a Dorset-based award-winning writer of short fiction and poetry.  Paisley Shirt (Chapeltown Books, 2018) was longlisted in the best short story collection category of the Saboteur Awards 2018.  Killer Ladybugs a short play Gail co-wrote was staged by Cast Iron Productions, 2017.  Gail is a visiting tutor on the Creative Writing BA at Arts University Bournemouth and Chair of the Dorset Writers’ Network.

Peter Roe is a performance poet, writer, film-maker and self confessed nerd who likes to shatter peoples misconceptions about computer geeks! His debut poetry collection, Technology Bytes Back comes from where technology meets people and the mayhem that follows. He also turns his attention to Dr Roberts, Mary Anning, Judge Jeffreys, tractors, moustaches, medicine, diets, food, nature and impossible cats. Peter has been The Deputy Bard of Caer Dur, finalist in the Apples and Snakes South-West Slam 2018, long listed in 'Writing Without Limits' for The Yeovil Literary Prize 2017 and winner of The Western Gazette Best Local Writer 2017.