Helen Simpson, Bernard MacLaverty, E.A. Markham on Short Stories

Bernard MacLaverty, E.A. Markham & Helen Simpson

Filed under: Short story

A recording of Bernard MacLaverty, E.A. Markham and Helen Simpson from Monday 8 May 2006, chaired by Georgina Hammick.

Three of this country’s best-loved short story writers read from their new collections. In Matters of Life and Death, published this month, Bernard MacLaverty explores bonds and connections made and broken, secret and unknown; while in Constitutional Helen Simpson deals with themes of time and change, charting tantrums and funerals, pregnancy, love and war. E.A. Markham’s Meet Me in Mozambique reflects the influences of both Vladmimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf, and has led to his being compared with V.S. Naipaul for his flinty intelligence and with Derek Walcott for his depictions of Caribbean island life. The three discuss their work, ask whether stories need adhere to strict rules, and speculate as to whether the future of the short story is bright or bleak.

Image credit Derek Thomson.

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