new books – 2017
My debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions, will be published by Nine Arches Press in July 2017. Sign up for my monthly ‘Tania Reads’ audio recording here >>
“In her debut collection of poetry, acclaimed writer Tania Hershman reveals the strange intricacies of science and our daily lives. Here, we find a cabinet of curiosities: Elvis and Marilyn, fire ants, cake and wind turbines. Hershman gifts the reader with collisions of grief and laughter, joy and curiosity. A wonder.” Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of Clasp and Oighear and winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
“There is a plentitude and a loss to Tania Hershman’s Terms & Conditions. A plentitude of tones and forms and linguistic playfulness, and a fine sense of loss that spins and passes through the poems like the neutrinos she mentions in ‘Undetected’. I love the collision of the personal and the scientific in this book, the way that the large and small events of life dance a quantum quadrille with language in the light received and emitted by the writer’s mind. There’s a memorable prose poem – in which a cow grazes peacefully around one of the many World War One craters that pock the earth around Ypres – that hints at themes of catastrophe and recovery, the risks and the rewards of oblivion. There are many more striking juxtapositions and surprises to explore in this absorbing, amusing, and moving new collection.” Simon Barraclough, author of Sunspots
My third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, will be published by Unthank Books on May 2nd 2017.
“This beguiling collection of writing defies categorisation and is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Some Of Us Glow More Than Others is like a 21st century Edgar Allen Poe meets Margaret Atwood, with a sprinkling of Ursula Le Guin. The bright and sometimes eerie thread of science runs through it, reminding us of our fundamentally biological nature, and illuminating the boundaries between us and technology. Hershman’s masterful, crystal clear hand weaves together satire, poetry, ethical commentary and science fiction into a tender, faintly dystopian treatment of the human condition. …Whether chemistry and poetry or genetics and sexuality, Hershman infuses science into her stories with a lightness of touch and great tenderness. I will be re-reading it – and not just once.” Farrah Jarral, doctor and broadcaster.
(tangent books, 2012) A collection of 56 of my very short fictions – Find out more about the book here, including reviews etc.. >>>
(salt modern fiction, 2008) Commended, Orange Award for New Writers, 2009. A collection of short stories and very short stories, many inspired by science. Find out more about The White Road and Other Stories – excerpts, reviews, interviews and the virtual book tour >>
books on writing
A Writers & Artists Companion: Writing Short Stories co-written by me and Courttia Newland (bloomsbury, dec 2014)
Signed copies are available directly from me – please note in the message to the seller who to sign it to!
(Freight Books, 2015) The Einstein-inspired short story anthology I co-edited with Pippa Goldschmidt, featuring a wealth of wonderful writers, is now available from Freight Books. Find out more here>>> eBook coming soon.
books on writing
(salt, 2013 (2nd edition)
a guide to the art of the short story, featuring chapters by many writers, including my chapter on flash fiction. For more, visit Salt.
nature FUTURES 2
(Tor Books, 2014)
My short story, The Perfect Egg, is included in this anthology of 100 stories previously published in nature journal’s Futures section. More information here>>>
(Stone Skin Press, 2013)
My short story, You Must Remember This, is included in this anthology of stories about plotting and scheming. Authors include… Tobias S. BUCKELL • Jesse BULLINGTON • Tania HERSHMAN Ekaterina SEDIA • Jonathan L. HOWARD • Kyla Lee WARD Robyn SEALE • Laura LUSH • Nick MAMATAS • Molly TANZER John HELFERS • Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN Elizabeth A. VAUGHAN • Kathryn KUITENBROUWER ... More information here>>>
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
(Stone Skin Press, 2012)
My short story, The Scientist and the Tiger, is included in this anthology of 21st century Aesop’s fables: 70 writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to this classic format. Zombies, dog-men and robot wasps mingle with cats, coyotes and cockroaches. Parables ranging from the punchy to the evocative, the wry to the disturbing, explore eternal human foibles, as displaced onto lemmings, trout, and racing cars. But beware— in these terse explorations of desire, envy, and power, certitude isn’t always as clear as it looks. Authors include… Robert Jackson Bennett, Jason L. Blair, Jesse Bullington, Jim Demonakos, Ray Fawkes, Matt Forbeck, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, Jonathan L. Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, John Kovalic, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Adam Marek, Sandy Petersen, JT Petty, Wena Poon, Richard Scarsbrook, Ekaterina Sedia, Greg Stafford, Chuck Wendig, Jim Zubkavich & more... More information here>>>
(Salt Publishing, 2012)
My short story, What Do You Do, is included in this anthology edited by Jonathan Taylor of stories designed to be read aloud – together with stories by Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Blake Morrison, Louis De Bernières, Adele Parks, Kate Pullinger, Adam Roberts, Michelene Wandor, Vanessa Gebbie, Judith Allnatt, Jo Baker, David Belbin, Panos Karnezis, Jane Holland, Gemma Seltzer, Ailsa Cox and Will Buckingham and others... More information here>>>
(Negative Press, 2012)
My short story, Switchgirls,was commissioned by photographer Roelof Bakker for an anthology of stories inspired by his photographs of vacant spaces in Hornsey, together with stories by Richard Beard, Andrew Blackman, SJ Butler, Myriam Frey, SL Grey, James Higgerson, Justin Hill, Nicholas Hogg, Ava Homa, Aamer Hussein, Nina Killham, Deborah Klaassen, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Claire Massey, Jan Van Mersbergen, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, James Miller, Mark Piggott, Mary Rechner, David Rose, Nicholas Royle, Preeta Samarasan, Jan Woolf, Evie Wyld and Xu Xi.. More information here>>>
(Comma Press, 2011)
Now available for the Kindle !
My short story, We Are All Made of Protein But Some of Us Glow More Than Others, was commissioned for Comma Press’ second science-inspired fiction anthology, Litmus, together with stories by Adam Marek, Alison MacLeod, Annie Clarkson, Stella Duffy, Kate Clanchy and more. More information here>>>
(Rosa Mira Books, 2011)
My flash stories Dangerous Shoes, Think of Icebergs, Plaits and Transparent, are published in the excellent ebook, Slightly Peculiar Love Stories, alongside such fabulous authors as Craig Cliff, Tim Jones and Alex Epstein. More information here>>
(Bottom Dog Press, 2010)
(Cinnamon Press, 2010)
My flash story, Straight Up, is included in Exposure, an anthology or prose poetry and microfiction, in the great company of Sarah Hilary, Catherine Smith, Valerie O’Riordan, Angela Readman and Jo Cannon. Buy it now
(route publishing, 2006)
(route publishing, 2005)