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Next Flashers’ Club 

Thursday 3rd August, 7:30pm onwards, Smokey Joe’s. 

Our fabulous special guest will be Jane Bailey.

Jane is the author of five novels and a book of comic verse. Her first novel was shortlisted for the Dillons Prize. She is writer-in-residence for Cheltenham Festivals First Story, which promotes creative writing in schools serving low-income communities. Jane will be sharing some of her short fiction with us on the 3rd.

Jane has a new novel out on the 1st August, ‘What Was Rescued’. Find out more about it here. There may be copies available on the night!


Flashers’ Club info

Flashers’ Club is a quarterly flash fiction open mic night at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham. Writers read original short fiction pieces between 100 and 1,000 words. You can read about our last event on our blog, and we hope you’ll come to our next event. Bring something to read, or just bring your ears!

We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants. The atmosphere is friendly, supportive and inclusive: no need to fear if you’ve never read before! We want to hear you. We like to bribe our readers with free literature (our first three events have featured short story anthologies from indie publishers The Fiction Desk and litmags by Prole and Open Pen), so there’s a good incentive to get up behind the mic.

We also feature a special guest writer every session. Pop over to the ‘Our Readers’ page to see who we’ve featured in the past.

There is a small entry charge for Flashers’ Club, and all proceeds after running costs are donated to the charity First Story.

Read about past events and see pictures on our blog pages, and check out open mic reader bios on the ‘Our Readers’ page.

For more details, have a look at the FAQs or contact us via the contact page. You can also find us on Twitter @flashers_club, or on Facebook. Follow us or like us to get the latest news and updates.

See you there!