Sunday 15 September
Pocket-Sized is a day-long festival celebrating the short form in print, digital and audio formats with some of the most influential thinkers, writers and poets around. The building will be buzzing with talks, discussions, panels, film, a roaming audio lounge and a pop-up bookstore. Buy your ticket for an individual event or a day pass for entry to the whole festival.
A £25 day pass gives access to all the events throughout the day, you can also pick up a free copy of Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special, containing a selection of the best pieces published in the magazine over its forty-year history.
11am Audio Lounge, Free | Roaming audio stories Book Now
Sit back, put on your headphones and relax into the aural pleasure that is listening to short stories aloud.
11.30am A.M. Homes, £12 | In Conversation Book Now
Join us for an in conversation with literary legend A.M. Homes with chair Sandi Toksvig.
12.30pm RSA Shorts, Free | Film Book Now
A series of short animations, provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world.
2.30pm Granta Magazine: The Short Form, £10 | Panel Discussion Book Now
Granta editor and writer, Sigrid Rausing, novelist and short story writer A. M. Homes, and novelist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, Philip Hensher talk to journalist and writer Simon Garfield about the short form
3.45pm Etgar Keret: Based on a true Story, £6 | Film Book Now
Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret plays with fantasy and reality. His own life, too, seems a modern fairy tale. In this hybrid documentary, Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm investigate why storytelling is an essential aspect of Keret’s life.
6pm Pocket 100 Short Film Programme, Free | Film & Prize ceremony Book Now
As part of the festival we’ll be running a 100 second film competition: Pocket 100. This year’s theme is “In Your Pocket” and could be about (but doesn’t have to be!)
7pm 5x15, £12 | Talk Book Now
5×15 at Pocket-sized brings together exceptional story tellers to shares new perspectives on the issues transforming the world around us.
9pm After Dark with Hollie McNish, £12 | Performance Book Now
Join us for 'After Dark' with Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish, who'll be reading a number of her incredible stories.