Emersons Green author chosen for Cheltenham Literature Festival

Published on: 03 Oct 2016

Ali bacon

AN AUTHOR from Emersons Green has had a busy summer due to the success of one of her short stories which is now taking her to this year’s prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival. 

Ali Bacon’s story Silver Harvest was originally chosen to be read at the Stroud Short Stories event in April and is now one of seven stories selected from more than 100 to be in the Greatest Hits show in Cheltenham this month.

Earlier this month the story, which was inspired by an early photograph, also took Ali on a 400-mile trip to St Andrews in Scotland where she read it as part of an hour-long programme in the town’s first ever Photography Festival.

Ali said: "Most people have heard of how Fox Talbot invented photography at Lacock but not so many are aware that his discovery was passed on to a friend in Scotland, where the foundations of  modern photography were laid."

Although Ali was thrilled to read her work where the story began, she is equally delighted to have it chosen for Cheltenham, a world-famous literary festival - and one that’s a bit closer to home!

The Greatest Hits show takes place on Monday October 10 at 9pm at The Little Big Top in the Imperial Gardens Festival site, Cheltenham

If you’d like to hear Ali read her story along with six other local writers, tickets for the event are £8 and on sale now via the festival website


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