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Welcome To Thresholds

July 29th 2016

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with over 80,000 visits per year. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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The Road to Small Wonder

September 26th 2016

SHORT STORY FESTIVAL: This year, the Small Wonder Festival gets underway on Wednesday 28th September – grown from a long-weekend to a five-day celebration of the exquisite short story form…

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When Planets Slip Their Tracks

September 21st 2016

JULIA ANDERSON tells us of her admiration for Joanna Campbell's 'When Planets Slip Their Tracks': "Every story in When Planets Slip Their Tracks is significant; there is nothing weak or wordy here...Every one of these twenty-four short stories tugged on all of my emotions..."

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For Six Cups of Coffee

September 19th 2016

MADELEINE MCDONALD discusses the influence of city life on the stories of Rainer Brambach: 'This is a collection where the author stands back, observing, inviting readers to eavesdrop alongside him and draw their own conclusions.'

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Rudyard Kipling and the Craft of Fable

September 14th 2016

PROFESSOR CHARLES E. MAY explores the short fiction of Rudyard Kipling: 'Kipling was perhaps the first English writer to embrace the characteristics of the short story form whole-heartedly, and that thus his stories are perfect representations of the transition point between the old-fashioned tale of the nineteenth century and the modern short story…'

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Fictional Worlds

September 12th 2016

JANIS LANE examines tragedy in Rose Tremain's short stories from The American Lover collection: 'These tragedies are threaded throughout, ranging from high drama and death, to minor inconveniences, such as the departure of a spouse or lost love. The uniting factor is the characters’ vulnerability, and, often, a lack of control over their own destinies…'

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Watermarks

September 7th 2016

HAYLEY N. JONES explores identity and mortality in one of Ali Smith's short stories: 'On the surface, ‘Writ’ appears to be a quiet, unassuming story: a woman comes home to find her fourteen-year-old self in her house…'

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An Interview with Dorthe Nors

July 29th 2016

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Acclaimed Danish author DORTHE NORS in conversation with Professor Alison MacLeod, at the University of Chichester, 2016.

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Compassion in a Cold Pastoral

July 11th 2016

CHARLOTTE OSBORN finds raw honesty in 'Cold Pastoral' by Marina Keegan: '…a story about the distorted perception of love, the impact of loss left on the living, and the curse of impenetrable jealousy…'

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Shashi Deshpande: The breaking of silence

July 11th 2016

FARAH AHAMED examines the feminist roots of Shashi Deshpande's short stories: ‘What we want to reach at finally is the telling, the breaking of silence.’

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