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2018 Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition

January 15th 2018

Get your notebooks and laptops ready - it's the launch of the 2018 Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition...

Vulgar Ostentation: Explicit Display and Implicit Sensation in ‘Lust, Caution’

January 17th 2018

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL takes us to war-time Shanghai for a closer look at Eileen Chang's story, 'Lust,Caution': 'Chang's prose is direct and efficient, yet evokes well-springs of emotion, historical trauma, and shared cultural memory...'

Short Story Masterclass With… Penelope Lively

January 10th 2018

PODCAST: In the fourth instalment of this year's Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Jac Cattaneo talks with award-winning author, Dame Penelope Lively, about the relationship between the past and the present, the nature of memory and the unknowability of other people...

Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion

January 8th 2018

ELEANOR WALSH explores the feminist traits of 'The Limping Bride', a powerful short story by Samrat Upadhyay: 'The most striking tension in the story is the stark disparity between what we as the reader learn about Rukmini’s character, and the other characters’ perception of her…'

Festive Story: Alison MacLeod’s ‘There Are Precious Things’

December 18th 2017

In a special Christmas post, we are delighted to bring you ALISON MACLEOD's festive short story 'There are Precious Things':

The Family Dynamic

December 13th 2017

J.L . BOGENSCHNEIDER looks at domestic secrets and lies in stories by Heinrich Böll and Julio Cortázar : 'Here then, are two families faced with the same problem: a fragile individual who must be protected from the truth at all costs...'

Eisenheim the Illusionist: Symbolic Threats and Literal Perils

December 11th 2017

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL looks at the limitations of film in the adaptation of Steven Millhauser's Eisenheim the Illusionist: 'Working in the 'dark realm of transgressions', Millhauser's Eisenheim undermines the distinction between reality and illusion...'

Short Story Masterclass with… Jon McGregor

December 6th 2017

PODCAST: In the second instalment of this year's Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Jac Cattaneo talks with multi award-winning author, Jon McGregor, about the loss of innocence, the dangers of complacency, playing with short story form, and visions of the apocalypse in his short story collection, ‘This Isn’t the Sort of Things That Happens to Someone Like You’…

Seasonal Writing, Themes of Isolation

December 4th 2017

STORY DISCUSSION: Author MARY O'DONNELL discusses the changing themes in seasonal stories:'The difference between the then of O. Henry, and the now of contemporary writers, is that we write in a highly nuanced moral atmosphere, so nuanced that the building of ‘uplifting’ lessons into our stories is often avoided...'

The Darkness Within, The Darkness Without

November 29th 2017

TEIKA BELLAMY explores the concept of otherness in Cassandra Parkin's fairy tales: 'Throughout my childhood and a large part of my early adult life I didn’t like my name. It was so obviously foreign, ‘other’, and as most children and young adults come to understand, being different is not desirable.'

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