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The NIFTY Book Club
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An online book club for readers and writers of novellas-in-flash.

How it works

A monthly get-together via Google Meet (either on Mondays 19:30-21:00 GMT / BST; or on Sundays 10:00-11:30 GMT / BST)

Each session will focus on a different book, encompassing NIFs in all their forms.

Time in each session will be split between the "main room" and smaller break-out rooms with an introductory reading followed by discussion of the narrative, the stucture, the characters, the language, and the unique approach the author has taken in bringing their story to the page. 

In some sessions, we'll invite the author along for a Q&A panel.

The chosen novellas aim to ensure a variety of different-flavoured stories and ways of tackling the N-I-F form - historical, contemporary, futuristic, single-character, polyphonic, linear, fragmented, fractured, lyrical, gritty, ethereal, surreal, and everything in between.

Maximum participants per session: 20

Book club host

Laura Besley



£30 for a six-month block (July to December)

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July 2023 (Mrs Bridge, Evan S. Connell)

Monday group = 17th July 19:30-21:00 GMT

Sunday group = 16th July 10:00-11:30 GMT

August 2023 (Kahi and Lua, Melissa Llanes Brownlee)

Monday group = 21st August 19:30-21:00 GMT

Sunday group = 20th August 10:00-11:30 GMT

September 2023 (Bottled Goods, Sophie van Llewyn)

Monday group = 18th September 19:30-21:00 GMT

Sunday group = 17th September 10:00-11:30 GMT

October 2023 (Things I Can't Tell Amma, Sudha Balagopal)

Monday group = 16th October 19:30-21:00 BST

Sunday group = 15th October 10:00-11:30 BST

November 2023 (TBA)

Monday group = 13th November 19:30-21:00 BST

Sunday group = 12th November 10:00-11:30 BST

December 2023 (TBA)

Monday group = 11th December 19:30-21:00 BST

Sunday group = 10th December 10:00-11:30 BST

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Your host

Laura Besley is the author of two micro fiction collections, (Un)Natural Elements (Beir Bua Press, 2021) and 100neHundred (Arachne Press, 2021), as well as a flash fiction collection, The Almost Mothers (Dahlia Books, 2020). 


She has been widely published in online journals, print journals and anthologies, including Best Small Fictions (2021). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (‘No Matter What’, The Sunlight Press), Best Micro Fiction (‘Like Swans Gliding’, Fictive Dream and ‘Silenced’, Emerge Literary Journal) and she has been listed by TSS Publishing as one of the top 50 British and Irish Flash Fiction writers with her story ‘On Repeat’ (Reflex Fiction). She is an editor with Flash Fiction Magazine and is currently a Creative Writing MA student at the University of Leicester.

Having lived in the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong, she now lives in land-locked central England and misses the sea.

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