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What I Feel When I Talk About Short Stories

June 25th 2018

TRACY FELLS explores the emotional resonance of three very different short stories: ‘When you read a short story that thwacks an emotional punch or haunts your daydreams then you have to talk about it. I read at least one short story daily, so what prompts me to talk about specific pieces…?’

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’:

Small Wonder Festival Highlights 2017

September 27th 2017

LOREE WESTRON is getting ready for the Small Wonder Festival at Charleston House. Here, she provides a brief overview of the festival and looks at some of the highlights visitors can expect…

Interview: Alison MacLeod on Anton Chekhov

July 19th 2017

INTERVIEW: In this exclusive interview, Alison MacLeod talks with Zoe Gilbert about three of her recent short stories – collected in all the beloved ghosts – inspired by Anton Chekhov, discussing the subtle humours of his work, his lightness of touch and his anti-heroic view of human nature.

Writing Exercise: Taboo

May 22nd 2017

WRITING EXERCISE: ‘On a fundamental level, the plot of any story can be reduced to: a character who wants something they can’t have. Where it gets really interesting is when that ‘something’ is totally out of bounds. Flirting with someone else’s lover. Saying ‘Macbeth’ in a theatre. Opening Pandora’s Box. Reading a banned book. Speaking Voldemort’s name. Riding your big sister’s bike…’ JO GATFORD, from Writers’ HQ, offers a creative exercise in the taboo…

Short Story Masterclass with… Alison MacLeod

March 8th 2017

PODCAST: In the third instalment of this series of Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Zoe Gilbert interviews award-winning author Alison MacLeod. In the podcast they discuss fiction and the here and now, ‘what if’ scenarios and holding a short story together…

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.

Exclusive Interview with William Trevor

November 13th 2013

INTERVIEW: We are delighted to bring you this exclusive and rare interview with William Trevor, winner of the inaugural Charleston-Chichester Award.

William Trevor: a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction

October 4th 2013

We are thrilled to announce that WILLIAM TREVOR is the recipient of the inaugural Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction.

Celebrating the Short Story

September 23rd 2013

It’s that time of year again – the Small Wonder International Short Story Festival is almost upon us. In preparation, we take a look at this year’s highlights…

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