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Festival works with Notes from the Underground

Wednesday 11th April 2012

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This year the Festival has been working with the magazine Notes from The Underground on an exciting project which will be on display at the Civic Hall during the festival.


The project involves a writer using a photograph as inspiration for a short story, and a graphic designer then working the two together into a compelling picture.


The image (above), taken by former Stratford College Student David Cooper, is of the Avon on a cold winter’s day. The story around it was written by Alex Preston.  His first novel, the prize-winning This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and worldwide. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panellist on the BBC Review Show. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter.


The project has been overseen by Chris Vernon and Nicholas Hogg. Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC literary award for his début novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. He is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. On twitter @nicholas_hogg www.nicholashogg.com.

Alex will be reading his short story just before the Sue Townsend event on Tuesday, 24th April.

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