Tania Hershman

Poet, Short-story writer


Tania Hershman is a writer of short stories, poetry and hybrids, often inspired by science. Her first book The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange award for new writers. Her poetry pamphlet, How High Did She Fly?, won the 2019 Live Canon competition, and Tania’s hybrid book, and what if we were all allowed to disappear, was published by Guillemot Press in 2020.

Born in London, Tania lived for 15 years in Jerusalem working as a science and technology journalist. In 2017 she moved to Manchester and made a Radio 4 documentary, Who Will Call Me Beloved, about her residency in the Southern Cemetery. The author of three short story collections, a poetry collection and two poetry pamphlets, Tania was awarded a Gladstone’s Library writing residency and a Hawthornden fellowship and judged the 2012 Royal Society Winton prize for popular science books.

Tania has a BSc in maths and physics, an MSc in philosophy of science and a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics. She is curator of ShortStops.info, celebrating short-story activity in the UK and Ireland, co-author of The Writers’ & Artists’ Book of the Short Story (Bloomsbury, 2014), and co-creator of the Twitter account OnThisDayShe, putting women back into history one day at a time. A book, On This Day She, will be published in February 2021.

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Tania Hershman

Poet, Short-story writer




  • University of Manchester, 2020–2021
  • University of Manchester, 2017–2019
  • University of Bristol, Sciences, 2014–2016