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Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams in conversation with Joanna Walsh

  • Burley Fisher Books 400 Kingsland Road London, England, E8 4AA United Kingdom (map)
Joanna Walsh looking sharp

Joanna Walsh looking sharp

An owl (and Eley Williams)

An owl (and Eley Williams)

Join us for the launch of the debut collection from Eley Williams, Attrib. and other stories.  at Burley Fisher Books in Haggerston.

Eley will be reading from the book and will be in conversation with writer Joanna Walsh. Come down, drink, mingle, listen to some of the finest new fiction going, and of course buy a book and get it signed.

About the book

This debut collection from Eley Williams centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm. 

Attrib. and other stories celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday where characters vie to 'own' their words, tell tall tales and attempt to define their worlds. 

With affectionate, irreverent and playful prose, the inability to communicate exactly what we mean dominates this bold debut collection from one of Britain’s most original new writers.

About the authors

Eley Williams lives and work in Ealing. She is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine and assists the independent publishers Copy Press. Her prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. She teaches both creative writing and children's literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was recently awarded her doctorate.

Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, The Dublin Review and many more. She reviews for, amongst others, The New Statesman and The Guardian. She was a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize, edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of @read_women. She is the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellow in Creative Non-Fiction.