WHQ Open Mic Night

Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t gather in small, digital groups around a flickering, digital campfire and read stories to each other…

So that’s exactly what we’re gonna do.

We’ve gathered five fine short fiction writers from Team WHQ to share their stories in our very first online open mic night!

Join us on Thursday 9 April at 9pm GMT for an evening of flash fiction storytelling, and chat to the authors about their stories, their craft, and their process.

Bring your own bottle, blanket, and biscuits.


What: Writers’ HQ Open Mic Night. Five writers reading for 10 minutes apiece, followed by a Q&A with each author. Lovely stuff.

Where: Crowdcast. No download needed, just register a place and log in.

When: Thursday 9 April, 9pm-10pm GMT


Veronique Kootstra

Veronique Kootstra is from the Netherlands but for the past seventeen years has lived and
worked in Edinburgh. English is now the language she writes and, weirdly, dreams in. Her
work has appeared in 404 Ink magazine, Mycelia, The London Reader, The Scotsman and in
various anthologies and websites. She is the Edinburgh Writers’ HQ rep and is currently working on her first novel.

Twitter: @vkootstra

Poppy O’Neill

Poppy O’Neill writes self-help for children and short stories for grown-ups. She lives in Chichester and runs the Portsmouth retreat for Writers’ HQ.

Melissa Stirling Reid

Melissa Stirling Reid is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, a photograph-taker, a sometime writing tutor, and an avid eavesdropper (back in the day when it was safe to get close enough to drop eaves). She has a PhD in Creative Writing (which she only keeps going on about because it took a such very long time and so many messy-haired doubt-filled days to complete) and her thesis focussed on the innate difficulty of writing creatively. She still finds it a Very Difficult Thing to Do even if she now knows why but she’s determined to keep showing up to the page even so.

Website: www.somethingnoticed.com

Twitter: @melissasreid

Alexa Radcliffe-Hart

*Bio coming soon*

Monica Dickson

Monica Dickson is a short fiction writer from Leeds. Her work has appeared in Spelk, Dear Damsels, jmww, Anti-Heroin Chic and elsewhere. She has longlisted and shortlisted for various competitions and won the Northern Short Story Festival Flash Fiction Slam 2019. Her story ‘Receipts’ was chosen for the inaugural Best British and Irish Flash Fiction awards (BIFFY50). She tweets @Mon_Dickson

Website: writingandthelike.wordpress.com


P.S. If you’re unable to join us live, you can still register for a place and watch the playback at any time.

P.P.S. Because of GDPR bollocks we’re not able to just whack you onto our mailing list because you’ve signed up for one of our Crowdcast events, but if you’d like to stay updated with the next random nice thing we decide to do (and get an early heads up for our next open mic night’s call for entries) please consider signing up to our newsletter.

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