What I'm up to now
I had two new books out in 2017 - Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, my third short story collection, published May 2 2017 by Unthank Books, and Terms and Conditions, my debut poetry collection, published on July 7 by Nine Arches Press. For updates, follow me on Twitter - @taniahershman. I am also curator of an online hub about UK & Ireland short story activity ShortStops . www.shortstops.info.
I was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing by Bath Spa University for a book-length creative work inspired by particle physics - which includes prose and poetry and things that morph between the two. I am co-author with Courttia Newland, of Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Dec 2014). And my first poetry pamphlet, Nothing Here is Wild, Everything Is Open, was published in February 2016 by Southword Editions, Ireland. I am chair of the judges of the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize and I was a 2014 Gladstone's Library Writer-in-Residence and judge of the 2014 Bridport Flash Fiction Prize.
How I Got Here
Born in London in 1970, I moved to Jerusalem in 1994. After making a living for 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED and NewScientist, I gave it all up to write fiction, and am now based in Bristol, UK.
My first collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and contains flash fiction and short stories inspired by science. My second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books and contain fifty six very short fictions.
My stories and poems have won various prizes, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 & performed. I teach regularly for the Arvon Foundation.
I was writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University from 2009-2012, and received an Arts Council England grant to work on a short story collection inspired by a year spent in a biochemistry lab. I am also founder and managing editor of The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors.