Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman is the author of two story collections: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008; commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers). Tania's award-winning short stories and poetry have been widely published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Tania is a 2014 Gladstone's Library Writer-in-Residence, judge of the 2014 Bridport Flash Fiction Prize, and founder and curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland. She is a Royal Literary Fund fellow at the faculties of science at Bristol University and is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University exploring the intersection between fiction and particle physics. She is co-writer and editor of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014). www.taniahershman.com


Tania Hershman in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1998 Jerusalem, Israel

What do you love about short stories?

I love short stories because they are short. Not one word more than necessary.

Do you write in other forms?


What distracts you from writing?


Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Reading, films

What is your favourite book?

40 Stories by Donald Barthelme

Who are your favourite writers?

Ali Smith, Richard Brautigan and Aimee Bender

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Read. A lot. Everything you can find.

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