The New Yorker Summer Fiction Issue 2019

The flagship annual summer feast of fiction that keeps readers and writers delighted and hopeful respectively. See This Week In Fiction for many more short stories, interviews and readings.

Think your short stories could be better? – A Free 10 Lesson Course

 

Queens Park Book Festival, June 29th: “The Art of the Short Story”

‘When I started I thought I wasn’t a person with a good memory but you tap into uncanny places where you have things saved up that you didn’t know you did until you got to that level.’ Tessa Hadley in The Times (2017) via “How Tessa Hadley Writes

For Books’ Sake: Animalia Paradoxa by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Direct link: Animalia Paradoxa by Henrietta Rose-Innes
Link to buy the book from the publisher: Boiler House Press

Merryn Glover on the Cairngorms (BBC Countryfile magazine)

All about and how to order Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7

March 2019: The Man in Black Pyjamas is in The Incubator

Since we didn’t have a Story of the Month for March. Here, belatedly, is one in the superb monthly short story series from The Incubator. The story is by a writer who is widely-published but, like Banksy,  anonymous, known only as The Man in Black Pyjamas.

 

New Yorker: Lore Segal reads “Dandelion” (March 2019)

A lyrical childhood memory piece of nature and family. It is well-read in the author’s beautiful accent, so evocative of the few treasured remnants of the Kindertransport children who made it to London, in this case from Vienna. (Ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lore_Segal). Other recent contributors to The Writer’s Voice podcast series include Sally Rooney and Yiyun Li. Introduced by the New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.

You can also read the story, for the time being, online. It begins:

“That Henry James, when he got old, rewrote his early work was my excuse for revisiting, at ninety, a story I had written in my twenties. I was ten years old when I had to leave Austria, so the day with my father in the Alps must have taken place on our last family holiday, the previous August.” (Lore Segal)

Starting to Write – Toby Litt

“The aim of this Course is to get you writing and reading with energy, to help you avoid some painful mistakes, and to show you how you can rapidly improve your short stories.”