photo © Charleston-Chichester
An exclusive interview with Edna O’Brien,
the recipient of the second Charleston-Chichester Award
for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction.
A collaboration with the 2014 INTERNATIONAL
SMALL WONDER SHORT STORY FESTIVAL
In this interview, Edna O’Brien talks with Di Speirs, Books Editor for BBC Radio 4, about the Award, the dominant themes in her stories, the father of short story writing, her connection with Virginia Woolf and the mysteriousness of writing.
Edna O’Brien was born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland, though she has lived most of her adult life outside the country. She has published numerous novels – including the controversial trilogy that began with The Country Girls, which was initially banned in Ireland – as well as plays, poetry, biographies of Joyce and Byron, an evocative memoir, Country Girl, and eight remarkable short story collections. In 1993, O’Brien was the winner of the Writers’ Guild Prize for Fiction.
Watch the interview with Edna O’Brien,
followed by the presentation of the
With warm thanks to the organisers of the
International Small Wonder Short Story Festival.