Event: #Flashtag perform at NQ Pop Up


This Saturday, #Flashtag makes its triumphant return with a bumper ninety-minute set during the NQ Pop Up Festival.

Not content with putting on the ‘best literary night every seen by human eyes’* during the Didsbury Arts Festival, the #Flashtag writers will be taking to the microphone at 3.30pm in the Bay Horse as part of the Festival. Entry is FREE.

You lucky people can hear sets from all five of the #Flashtaggers, including:


The NQ Pop Up Festival has been devised by the M20 Collective and Shudehill Studio, a new creative space in Manchester city centre. The festival is a celebration of visual arts and music and takes place in venues across, wait for it, the Northern Quarter.

*No one really said that. They didn’t need to. They said it with their eyes.


Take Part in Short Short Story Slam

This year, the Flashtag writers are doing something a little bit different for Didsbury Arts Festival.

On Friday 28th June, we’ll be hosting a Short Short Story Slam, a live event which will pit writer against writer in a knockout competition to discover the true champion of the short short story.

A panel of contestants will take to the stage with their best very-short stories, battling other fiction-writing foes in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. With voting cards under their seats, the audience decides who stays and who goes.

And we want you to take part….

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the coveted Goblet of Fiction*, you must be able to take part in the live event in Didsbury (all details here). You must bring with you three short fiction pieces (details below) and you must be prepared to be randomly drawn out of the hat to perform your work against another writer.

There are three rounds and the audience will decide which stories they like the best. If you win, fortune and glory will be yours.

If you want to take part, throw down your gauntlet of intent by emailing us at flashtagmcr@gmail.com. Places are on a first-come, first-served basis, so get them in soon.

Words are coming…

Short short story requirements

Please bring three short fiction pieces you can perform: one no more than 100 words, one no more than 150 words and one no more than 200 words. These are for rounds one, two and the final respectively, depending on how long you ‘survive’. (Just short stories: no poetry, please.)

*There is no goblet of fiction. Sorry.

#flashtag flash fiction across Manchester for National Flash Fiction Day

Yesterday, #Flashtag, made up of Tom Mason, Fat Roland, Sarah-Clare Conlon and David Hartley, flashmobbed dozens of Manchester venues to celebrate National Flash Fiction Day. From 10am to 5pm, the writing group sped across the city reading their short fiction at venues likes Manchester Art Gallery and the People’s History Museum.

Here’s just some of the highlights from the day:

National Flash Fiction Day Manchester – The set list

Today, the Flashtag writing group take to the streets of Manchester in celebration of Flash Fiction Day. Over the course of the day, we’ll be reading our fiction out in some of Manchester’s most iconic venues. Here’s where we’ll be (and when) if you want to pop along. And even if you can’t, please do tweet your encouragement to us at @flashtagmcr or on the #flashtag hashtag. All performances will take place in the main lobby/atrium of the venue unless otherwise stated.

The set list

10.00 – Whitworth Art Gallery
10.20 – Contact Theatre (Space 5)
10.50 – Manchester Museum
11.00 – University Place
11.10 – Blackwells Bookshop
11.20 – Manchester Aquatics Centre
11.40 – 8th Day Cafe
11.50 – Royal Northern College of Music
12.30 – John Rylands University Library (Blue 4)
12.50 – The Cornerhouse
13.00 – Oxford Road Train Station
13.30 – The Royal Exchange Theatre
13.40 St. Anne’s Square
13.50 – Exchange Square
14.40 – Waterstones, Arndale Centre
14.50 – Piccadilly Gardens
15.00 – Stevenson Square
15.10 – The Hive (The Classroom, ground floor)
15.30 – Manchester Art Gallery
15.40 – St. Peter’s Square
15.45 – Manchester Town Hall
16.00 – John Rylands Library, Deansgate
16.20 – People’s History Museum
16.40 – Hardmann Square, Spinningfields
17.00 – Waterstones, Deansgate

National Flash Fiction Day – Flash in Manchester

Wednesday 16th May is National Flash Fiction Day, a national celebration of short fiction which features literary events taking place all across the country. The project, which has funding from the UK Arts Council, aims to promote short fiction to a new audience of would-be writers.

As part of National Flash Fiction Day, the innovative Flashtag team are travelling across the city of Manchester to perform a number of pieces of short fiction to the city’s masses. We’re dashing around town to read our flash to the general public in and around a number of iconic buildings and locations such as Manchester Museum, The Cornerhouse, John Rylands Library and The People’s History Museum (to name but a few of the 27 venues and public spaces we’ll be visiting).

From 10am until 5pm on Wednesday 16th May, Fat Roland, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Hartley and Tom Mason will be racing around in a frenzy of flash fiction in a celebration of the written word. We’ll post confirmed times and venues early next week but, in the meantime, you can help us spread the word by using the hashtag #Flashtag on Twitter. You can also follow us on the site and like our Facebook page.

Don’t be sad if you can’t catch one of our performances though; we’ll be tweeting, filming and blogging the entire thing as the day progresses.

Alternatively, if you’re a venue in Manchester and would like us to consider stopping by for three minutes of fiction, drop us a tweet and we’ll be in touch.