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Refugee Tales

January 9th 2017

HANNAH BROCKBANK recommends the anthology that explores the experiences of refugees and those who work with them, REFUGEE TALES: ‘In tale after tale, physical environments are unforgiving and divisive. Conflicts are both physical and moral, and there is little resolution for the people described. The tales are challenging and resonate long after reading, not only because of their traumatic content, but also in the way they confront our attitudes and responsibilities to our fellow humans…’

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…

The Ache in Ali Smith’s Stories

November 19th 2014

Consider the word ‘quirky’. Consider the number of times the word is applied to the works of Ali Smith … But maybe it’s not that these stories are ‘quirky’, it’s that so many others are too sedate…’ TRACY MAYLATH looks beyond the quirkiness of Ali Smith’s stories.

Can We Time Travel in Short Fiction?

November 4th 2013

In her essay, ALEX RUCZAJ looks at time travel in short fiction and how three contemporary authors shift from the present moment into the past…

Author Profile: Ali Smith

October 29th 2012

EMMA YOUNG looks at the life and writing of Ali Smith: ‘It is Smith’s focus and attention to voice that marks her out as a unique writer…’

The Crème de la Crème

September 21st 2012

Podcast: Recorded at the 2011 Small Wonder Festival, ALI SMITH reads two short stories by Muriel Spark, and shares her passionate engagement with Spark’s work.

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