Readings of new short stories in the Avant Gothic mode by writers Rachel Genn, Andrew Michael Hurley, Kerry Hadley-Pryce and Nicholas Royle. The focus of the panel is to investigate, through readings of new works of fiction, the nature of the Avant Gothic and to attempt to define its identity.
Rachel Genn is a senior lecturer at Manchester Writing School/School of Digital Arts. Formerly a Neuroscientist, she has written two novels: The Cure (2011) and What You Could Have Won (2020). She was Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence (2016), University of Sheffield, creating a quasi-institution called The National Facility For the Regulation of Regret, spanning installation art, VR and film (ASFF 2016), presented at SXSW, 2017. She has written for Granta, 3:AM and The Real Story and is currently working on a long essay on immersion in the creative act, as well as Whispers, a binaural experience exploring paranoia, and an ACE-funded collection of non-fiction about fighting and addiction to regret.
Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition, before being republished by John Murray and going on to win the Costa Best First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards in 2016. He joined Manchester Metropolitan University as Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2016. The following year his second novel, Devil’s Day, was published. His third novel, Starve Acre, is due on Halloween 2019.
Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in Wordsley, in the West Midlands, in 1960. She worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before becoming a secondary school teacher. She wrote The Black Country, which was published by Salt in 2015, whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for outstanding achievement 2013–14. Her second novel, Gamble, was published by Salt in 2018. She lives in the Black Country and is currently studying for a PhD in Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing at Manchester Met.
Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections – Mortality, Ornithology, The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories – and seven novels, most recently First Novel. He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories. Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he has been on the staff since 2007, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize. A new short story collection is forthcoming from Confingo Publishing, who also published his translation, from French, of Vincent de Swarte’s novel Pharricide.