True Tales

Stella Duffy, David Flusfeder, Benjamin Markovits, Meg Rosoff, Jake Wallis Simons, Clive Sinclair, Debbie Chazen

05/03/2011 3:15 pm

The totally true storytelling club returned for JBW 2011. We selected some of our favourite writers who revealed true moments of beauty, awkwardness, tragedy and hilarity all packaged in 10-minute stories and told with no notes. JBW 2011 theme was ‘Close Call’.

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy is as a writer, improviser, actor and director. Two of her novels were longlisted for the Orange Prize. Theodora – her twelfth – was published by Virago in June 2010.

David Flusfeder

David Flusfeder was born in the US but lives in London. He has written an opera as well as film scripts and published six novels – including his newest – A Film by Spencer Ludwig.

Benjamin Markovits

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He is the author of seven novels and has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews in The GuardianGrantaThe Paris Review and The New York Times among other publications. He lives in London and teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College, moving to London in 1989. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 20 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Orange First Novel Prize and the National Book Awards Young People’s Literature Award.

Jake Wallis Simons

Jake Wallis Simons is a Telegraph features and comment writer. His fourth novel, Jam, which is set in a traffic jam on the M25, is coming out in March 2014. He also broadcasts for BBC Radio 4.; @JakeWSimons.

Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair is the author of 14 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds a doctorate from the University of East Anglia. In 1983 he was selected as one of the original Best of Young British Novelists. He lives in London with the artist, Haidee Becker.

Debbie Chazen

Debbie Chazen is a comedian and actress. Her credits include Mike Leigh’sTopsy Turvy; the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang; Doctor Who;Coronation Street;and the stage version of Calendar Girls.