I loved the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English that was held 2 years ago in Little Rock, but I have to say this year’s conference was very special. I suspect the reason for this is that the organisers decided to invite twice as many authors as they did in Little Rock. There was a downside: many more panels and readings, and so also many conflicts. It was impossible to go to all the events I wanted to go to, but I had a spectacular time. I thank everyone involved in this inspiring conference, particularly Sylvia Petter, Dr Susan Lohafer and of course Dr. Maurice A. Lee.
I was particularly delighted to re-connect with writers I’d met in Little Rock, and to meet so many new writers and academics in the field of writing, men and women I feel are now part of my extended family. There are too many to name, but here are a few…. Adnan Mahmutovic, Lauren B. Davis, Vanessa Gebbie,Robert Olen Butler and Kelly Lee Butler, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Tania Hershman, Rebekah Clarkson, Valerie Sirr, Thomas E. Kennedy, Bharati Mukherjee, Velma Pollard, Nancy Fruend, Paul McVeigh, Rhoda Greaves, , Dr Suzanne Scafe, Anna Solding and so, so many others.
The 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English will be held in Shanghai, China, 13 – 16 July 2016. See you there!