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Wordsmiths Gather: Celebrating the Art of the Short Story

The 16th International Conference on the Short Story in English was co-organised by NIE and the Society for the Study of the Short Story in English, and it ran from 20 June 2023 to 24 June 2023.


15 readings by 45 published writers took place in various Library spaces between 21 June and 23 June 2023. A conference bookshop and pop-up café were also specially arranged for conference attendees on level 3.



  • Reading by Xu Xi, Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, in the SMART Room

  • Reading session featuring Anjana Meno, Russ Soh and Kamaladevi Aravindan

  • Keynote address by Associate Professor Angelia Poon



  • Discussion moderated by writer, editor and professor Darryl Whetter (right) with Nina Dai Tang HaiYun (centre), Robin Hemley (left) and Xu Xi

  • Reading by conference co-director Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai in the library Gallery

  • Conference Bookstore operated by Alkem Books



  • Reading by Irish writer and editor Sheila Armstrong (second from left) in the Research Commons

  • Reading by Pulitzer Prize winner (1993) Robert Olen Butler (second from right)

  • Discussion facilitated by Dr Shady Cosgrove (left), writer and associate professor in the University of Wollongong



  • Panel featuring Rebecca Hill, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Madeleine D'Arcy

  • Presentation by Taiwanese writer, composer and painter Lin Ying

  • Library reading session attendees



  • Reading by local writer and editor, Verena Tay

  • Presentation by Dr. Wen-Shing Ho, an associate professor at University of Southern California and Shanghai Jiao Tong University joint Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry in Shanghai

  • Speaker Sydney Alice Clark, Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Nantes


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