Angela Readman

Angela Readman _Photo by Kevin Howard

Photo Credit: © Kevin Howard


Angela Readman’s stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, winning awards such as the Inkspill Magazine Short Story Competition and the National Flash Fiction Competition. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award for ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ – an award she would go on to win in 2013 with the story ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’. Readman is also a published poet.

Praise for Angela Readman


  • ‘Angela Readman is a talented and original voice, bringing an unsettling and strange magic to her sharply observed stories of the everyday .’ For Book’s Sake
  • ‘Angela Readman’s stories are gems. Rainbow-coloured ones that probably glow in the dark and sing too. They are perfect, fizzing explosions of stories, told by a perfect storyteller.’  Nik Perring, author of Not So Perfect
  • ‘Angela Readman’s prose exhibits two complimentary styles: fabulation is rendered deadpan, while wonderfully inventive similes are used to describe the everyday . . . [Her] medium is metaphor writ large . . . Borges, Kafka and Angela Carter will all be reference points, but there is something joyfully distinctive about Readman’s voice . . . Readman’s gift for emotional nuance is every bit as keen as her eye for the surreal.’ Toby Lichtig,Sunday Telegraph


  • ‘Genuine work from a genuine new voice – a voice which will be heard. Sharply observant, savage and wholly authentic.’  Joolz Denby
  • Readman casts her eye on ordinary life with a sharp knife. This is witty, astute poetry of the inventive kind and feels important, as all good poetry should… Poetry with an edge.’  Julia Darling

More Information

  • Angela won the Saboteur Awards Best Short Story Collection 2015; was winner of the 2015 Roobery Book Award; was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize  2015; and was winner of the 2013 Costa Short Story Award with The Keeper of the Jackalopes.
  • Read an Your One Phone Call’s  interview with Angela Readman here.
  • Fiction Advocate interviews Angela Readman.
  • Angela Readman reveals how to keep being a writer in a guest blog post for Elementary V Watson.
  • Sharon Zink provides a fun insight into the world of the author. See it here.
  • Read about Don’t Try This at Home in our book section.


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Don't Try This at Home


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