Celebrate flash fiction in Edinburgh this June
Small But Perfectly Formed is the approach for National Flash Fiction Day
To those with a foot in the literary scene, flash fiction isn’t a new concept. In fact it’s become so entrenched that there’s now even a national day when it might be celebrated and performed. Edinburgh’s plentiful array of literary promoters are coming together for just such an event, which includes a flash fiction and zine production workshop at the Bongo Club during the day, and events at the Bongo Club and the Scottish Storytelling Centre in the evening.
For those not versed in the subject, Mairi Campbell-Jack of Inky Fingers and National Flash Fiction Day’s organising committee in Edinburgh gives a précis. ‘The clue is in the flash part! It’s quick fiction,’ she says. ‘Even a short story is maybe five, six thousand words, but this is fiction you could read on a bus or train journey, or in your lunch break. It’s quick to digest but that doesn’t mean it’s not complex. Sometimes the shortness actually gives it much more potency and power.’
Campbell-Jack says the evening’s performance at the Storytelling Centre will last around two hours, and the amount of readers selected from submissions will depend on the length of the stories, which can be anything from three to 2000 words long. Such brevity isn’t just a gimmick, it’s a virally growing reflection of the times, when people consume more literature from the screen, in public situations and performed by the author. ‘There’s something about people only having short spaces of time in which to consume things,’ says Campbell-Jack. ‘What’s good about flash fiction is it’s easily consumable, but it’s not low quality.’
National Flash Fiction Day, Bongo Club and Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Jun.