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Gwendoline Christie presents the RA and Pin Drop Short Story Award


Wednesday 11 July 2018
6.30 — 7.30pm

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Gwendoline Christie

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Join us for a celebration of the annual RA and Pin Drop Short Story Award in the new Benjamin West Lecture Theatre. This year’s winning story will be announced and read aloud by leading British actress, Gwendoline Christie.

Gwendoline is best known for portraying the warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO series Game of Thrones since 2012, and the First Order Stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). It has recently been announced that she will be starring in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield.

In the spirit of the Summer Exhibition, Pin Drop’s Short Story Award offers a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short stories. The award is judged by Pin Drop founders, Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day, with the RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow. Past awards have been presented by Stephen Fry, Juliet Stevenson and Penelope Wilton.

This year’s ceremony coincides with the publication of A Short Affair, Pin Drop’s first anthology of original short fiction, edited by Simon Oldfield. In this remarkable anthology of original short fiction, masters of the form such as Ben Okri, Lionel Shriver and Will Self sit alongside exciting new voices, including past winners of the short story award Bethan Roberts, Claire Fuller and Cherise Saywell. The book also features a foreword by Tim Marlow and outstanding artworks created especially by young artists from the Royal Academy Schools, including a striking cover design by Eddie Peake.

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Wednesday 11 July 2018

6.30 — 7.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9 concessions.