Tania Hershman

Short-story writer
University of Manchester

Tania Hershman is an acclaimed short-story writer and poet specialising in very short stories and science-inspired fiction and poetry. Her first book The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008) contained many stories inspired by science articles, and was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange award for new writers. 2017 sees the publication of her debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions, by Nine Arches Press, and her third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, by Unthank Books.

Born in London, Tania lived for 15 years in Jerusalem working as a science and technology journalist. In 2009 Tania moved to Bristol and spent a year as writer-in-residence in the University of Bristol’s science faculty. Fifty-six of Tania’s award-winning short stories — which have been widely published and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 — are collected in her second book, My Mother Was an Upright Piano: fictions (Tangent Books, 2012). Tania’s poetry pamphlet, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything is Open, won second prize in the 2016 Fool For Poetry contest and was published by Southword in 2016. Tania was awarded a Gladstone’s Library writing residency and a Hawthornden fellowship. She judged the 2014 Bridport flash-fiction prize and the 2012 Royal Society Winton prize for popular science books.

Before turning to fiction, Tania was awarded a BSc in maths and physics, an MSc in philosophy of science and an MA in creative writing. She lives in Bristol and is completing a PhD in creative writing, exploring the intersection between fiction and particle physics. She is founding editor and curator of ShortStops.info, a website celebrating short-story activity in the UK and Ireland, founding editor of the Short Review, a leading online journal spotlighting story collections, and co-author of The Writers’ & Artists’ Book of the Short Story (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Tania Hershman
Image credit: Huntley Hedworth


University of Manchester 2020/21
University of Manchester 2017-19
University of Bristol, Sciences 2014-16