Orange Prize winning Helen Dunmore features in Exeter Uni’s creative writing journal, Riptide

Riptide, a Exeter University-based creative writing journal, is launching its fourth volume of new short fiction on Wednesday, October 14.

The bi-annual anthology of short stories by both established and emerging writers will include work by Orange Prize winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore.

As part of the launch event Helen will be reading a previously unpublished story.

Helen told Arts+Culture: “I’m impressed with the flair and determination that Riptide’s editors have shown in getting this excellent short story magazine off the ground. Readers and writers have much to gain from Riptide’s existence.”

The fourth has 17 stories including pieces by Henry Shukman, Nicolas Hogg. Jane Feaver, whose interlinked collection of short stores Love Me Tender, has recently been published Harvill Secker has written the introduction.

The English department at Exeter University has informally supported Riptide since its inception. Editors Ginny Baily and Sally Flint, who met on the Creative Writing MA at the university are current PhD students who have nurtured the journal.

Ginny told Arts+Culture about the latest edition: “We’re really pleased with this volume, the number of submissions we get from around the world continues to grow and it was difficult making the final choices. It’s fantastic to have Helen Dunmore’s new story in this collection as well as other prize winning authors and a couple of relative new comers.

“We do feel with Volume Four that Riptide is now well established in the field and will go on growing. We’re now integrated into the English Department, although as editors we retain our independence and we’re hoping for great things from that alliance.”

This incorporation is likely to become an integral part of the research activities and publications within the Centre for South West Writing and its Creative Writing Programme according to Dr Andy Brown director of Creative Writing and Arts Programme at the university.

He said: “Riptide offers work placements for BA students as associate editors, and several of our postgraduates have had stories published within. Editors, Ginny Baily and Sally Flint, provide us with a profile at national Creative Writing conferences, and have given talks and master classes at other institutions. Riptide has a presence in national bookshops, and is well known on the short story circuit and will play an integral role in the Department’s Children’s Writing Conference in 2010.

“It’s impressive list of patrons, associates, contributors and distinguished Foreword writers, all contribute to Riptide’s growing national status and its welcome inclusion in the Department’s literary and cultural activities.”

• The launch includes music, light drinks and readings and is open to all members of the public.  The free event is at the University of Exeter and starts at 5.45pm in the Queens Buildings Senior Common Room and Lecture Theatre One.

Volume 4 of Riptide is now available to buy online or from selected book shops.