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Welcome To Thresholds

May 25th 2017

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.

Loitering and Sauntering

June 21st 2017

USCHI GATWARD explores the hidden depths of Dorothy Parker's short story 'The Standard of Living': 'If we didn’t know we were reading Parker, we’d know at least that we were reading irony. Annabel’s and Midge’s leisure is a temporary state, lasting the whole of Saturday afternoon – although, with that ‘stretched’, its horizons seem limitless…'

Small Town Glory

June 19th 2017

SOPHIA KIER-BYFIELD finds home comfort and more than a little irony in Thomas Morris' collection: 'For the characters in We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, home is the small Welsh town of Caerphilly. A winding strip of dual carriageway, cutting through the curves of the Rhondda Valley, tethers this place to the locality I have come to call home…'

Gentlemen, Welcome to Dubai

June 14th 2017

DR CHRIS MACHELL on short story adaptations: this month Machell delves into Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, as well as the more recent, subsequent adaptation into brutal video game, Spec Ops: The Line.

The Maketu on Mrs Jones and All That

June 12th 2017

KAREN WRIGGLESWORTH reflects on the authentic voice of New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera: 'It was just like immersing myself in a hot thermal bath at Rotorua, closing my eyes, and simply listening to the voices of the local people going about their day all around me...'

The Tragedy of Dorothy Edwards?

June 7th 2017

FRANCES GAPPER explores the life and writings of Dorothy Edwards: 'Hovering awkwardly on the fringe of the Bloomsbury Group, virtually penniless and dependent on a friend for accommodation, Dorothy Edwards lacked the two things Virginia Woolf considered vital for a woman writer of fiction: money, and secure private space…'

Author Profile: Sue Kaufman

June 5th 2017

DIANA CAMBRIDGE profiles the life and writing of American author Sue Kaufman: 'It’s forty years since she jumped from the balcony of the eighteenth-floor New York apartment in which she lived with her husband and son. When she died, she was fifty, and had written five novels – one of which, Diary of a Mad Housewife, was made into a film – and a collection of fifteen short stories, The Master and Other Stories…'

Blurred Boundaries

May 31st 2017

K.S.DEARSLEY probes the hidden depths in D. H. Lawrence's 'The Prussian Officer':'...any reader expecting to find explicit sex will be disappointed. Lawrence's writing is far more subtle, working by the power of suggestion, so you could make a case to say that the only sex in the tale is what the reader's imagination brings to it...'

Interview with Gregory Norminton

May 29th 2017

INTERVIEW: Shortly after the publication of his latest collection of short stories, The Ghost Who Bled, GREGORY NORMINTON talks to Thresholds about the past, fictional and factual horrors, stories he wishes he'd written, becoming a writing, and books in translation…

Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Environmentalist

May 24th 2017

STANLEY ECHEBIRI looks at the life and work of Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa: 'Saro-Wiwa died as a freedom fighter and an environmentalist, yet writing was his most potent weapon against the Nigerian state. His environmental crusade overshadowed his literary achievements towards the later years of his career, but it didn't remove his footprints on the Nigerian literature landscape...'

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