“Penguin is publishing a new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, “a literary treasure trove” of “30 great short stories published in the last 20 years”, featuring contributors such as Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Neil Gaiman.” (The Bookseller)
Impressive debuts by Alexia Arthurs and Nafissa Thompson-Spires bring grit and wit to issues around racial identity
Two new short story collections reviewed by Anthony Cummins
Trial and error – I don’t know of any other way to write. I try something this way and I try it that way, over and over and over.
Which brings me back to the notion of tentativeness – to doubt and uncertainty and to the exhilarating openness which comes with that, to whatever might come along.
Another twice contributor to Willesden Herald New Short Stories is Carys Davies, whose short stories are wonderfully imaginative, funny and engrossing. Two of the stories in her Frank O’Connor Prize-winning collection The Redemption of Galen Pike are also found in our New Short Stories 3 and New Short Stories 4. Her latest book is West, a novel, published by Granta Books, April 2018.
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— BlakeFriedmannAgency (@BFLAgency) August 7, 2018
Blake Friedmann agency announces a film deal for Ninevah by Henrietta Rose-Innes
Henrietta Rose-Innes, winner of the Caine prize for African writing, is also – and you can probably guess by now, from how we select stories – a past contributor to New Short Stories. She has published several novels and short story collections. One of the stories in her collection Homing is also in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4.
— Nuala O’Connor (@NualaNiC) August 7, 2018
For the second time today, I’m using the phrase “twice contributor to New Short Stories,” in this case for Nuala O’Connor who, it is fair to say, is one of Ireland’s foremost writers of novels and poetry, as well as short stories. She has published several short story collections and some of her stories can be found online, like this one from 2016: Storks by Nuala O’Connor in the Irish Times.
“It started with a miracle. It was a useless miracle, but it still counted as a jaw-dropper, a total malfunction of reason and time… I can burn my own bushes, so I have no patience for miracles.” (From the opening of Nightwolf by Willie Davis)
We get a namecheck in the back of the debut novel by twice New Short Stories contributor, Willie Davis, as you can see in this photo I took when my copy arrived. (Steve)
“Before you have the assumptions implicit in the first sentence, anything could happen. But once you have that sentence, you’ve narrowed your options down to a point where there really isn’t that much left to write.” —Dag Solstad https://t.co/gxCviUWqoC
— The Paris Review (@parisreview) August 6, 2018
— Vintage Books (@vintagebooks) August 4, 2018
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“Angela Carter’s surreal imagination produced some of the most dazzling fiction of the last century. Pioneering her own distinctive brand of ‘magic realism,’ works like The Magic Toyshop and Nights at the Circus cracked open the middle-class conventions of the postwar novel and influenced a new generation of writers.”
For short story lovers, it’s her collection “The Bloody Chamber” that hits home. But, of course, it’s always novels that get more attention.
London’s Infinity Land Press and US-based Amphetamine Sulphate combine forces to present a late afternoon of scabrous readings, kinky imaginings and totally free fucking expression. Two publishers. Six writers. Limitless possibilities.
The event is free of charge but please register here as the venue is limited to 50 seats:
Steve Finbow is a writer and also a reader of prodigious talent. At the launch of New Short Stories 1 at Willesden Library Centre theatre, he gave us an excerpt from his novel “Balzac of the Badlands”. It was awe-inspiring: a rattling, unstoppable torrent of words – all brilliant – with a rhythm and pace, not too rapid but staccato, inexorable – that had beads of sweat rolling down his face. It didn’t let up from start to finish. His story “Mrs Nakamoto Takes a Vacation” is in NSS1.
This picture is of me after the interval at that event, brandishing a mocked-up copy of The Willesden Herald, as the strains of “Tell Me More and More, and Then Some” by Billie Holiday faded out. Oh yes, we had a sound man, mixing desk, theme songs and everything. Those were the days. Or were those later days all jumbled up? Yes, but who actually cares? But, yeah, look at those speakers -and theatre lighting- there. (Steve)