Short Stories

Literature And Language In Action

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farida Ahmed

As a private tutor and mentor to young people, I am always looking for ingenious ways to truly connect with students to make teaching and learning as ...

The Magic of the Short Form

Irenosen Okojie | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Irenosen Okojie

The first short story collection I owned sat on my bookshelf for seven years. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it, except at that point, I'd been used to devouring novels, tomes I lugged about everywhere and could lose myself in...

Are Short Stories More Challenging to Write Than Novels?

Andrew Holgate | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Holgate

A stupid question, you may think, but ask a group of well-known writers of both short stories and novels which is the more difficult form, as I did recently, and you get some interesting answers.

David Constantine: The Bleak Satisfaction Of Clear Sentences

Ed Cripps | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

David Constantine is one of Britain's most underrated writers. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, his balance of the lyrical and the sparse echoes James Salter and John McGahern.

Modern Dating Disaster Stories

Bytestories | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Comedy

One balmy evening, following a jaunt to the cinema, our noble hero generously, though with intent, made offer of escorting her to her home by means of car. She gladly accepted, and the game was afoot!

April Fool's and Sweat in Hong Kong

Bytestories | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Comedy

I thought this was a very good April Fool's day prank that was played upon the passengers aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, whilst I was on board in 2012.

The Book Gathers Dust: Independent Book Production and Digital Publishing

James Vella | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Vella

My first published fiction work - sixteen compiled short stories - will begin its dust collection in February 2014. As the writer, I cannot stress enough the personal significance of the work being printed as a real, heavy, tactile book.

Pub Toilet Graffiti and the Art of Avoiding Sectarian Violence

Bytestories | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

When they weren't out subjugating barbarians, the Romans festooned their walls with phalluses. The Vikings only started invading other countries because they'd run out of space in their own toilet cubicles. And one-third of all Neanderthal cave paintings can be translated loosely as 'I've had Ug's mum'.

A Smashing Entrance

Bytestories | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Comedy

A Smashing Entrance By Torre De Roche (View profile) One of the most embarrassing moments of my life happened in an art gallery. I was wandering aro...

The Angry Mum + The Weirded Out Boyfriend

Bytestories | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Comedy

The park near our house is huge. Ovals, playgrounds, tennis courts and a big creek runs through the park; it's more of a suburb than a park. The park has many places to setup a party, many, many idyllic settings. My Dad had an abundance of places to setup the party table. He set the party table next to a stolen car.

Why I Need Stories

The London Magazine | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
The London Magazine

When I am faced with smallness and inanity, I write stories. When I am struck down by the catastrophic grief of life, I write stories. When in my belly writhes a nest of snakes because I am overcome with the knowledge that death waits for all of us--well, you go the idea.

Short Stories Aloud: Coming in Loud and Clear

David Whelan | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
David Whelan

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Day wrote an article for The Observer about reading stories aloud. She made the interesting point that audiobook downloa...

Review: Tenth of December by George Saunders

Alice Charles | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Saunders is a great one for internal reverie. We see directly into his characters' minds - their secret dreams and fantasies - before he reveals these reveries for what they are: delusions. If I have any criticism it is this: he has a habit of revisiting characters, themes and ideas, which in a collection of just ten stories, feels like a bit of a cheat. Nevertheless, this is an absorbing read.

Exhibition Road Stories: Black Vodka

Deborah Levy | Posted 23.09.2012 | Home
Deborah Levy

I have long held a love for London's Exhibition Road, and so I was delighted when I was approached to write a short story for Road Stories, an anthology of writing inspired by the road and its famous cultural institutions.

Rajesh Parameswaran's 'I am an Executioner' - Love is the Devil

Nauman Khalid | Posted 24.07.2012 | Home
Nauman Khalid

This smorgasbord of stories explores love's dark underbelly. The author kickstarts the collection with a riotous story about a tiger in a zoo which falls in love with its keeper. In a frenzy of passion, it commits an act that sets off a series of events in which, after escaping from captivity, it kills a baby and a woman in the most guileless, unintentional manner.

Moving on From War Horse and Discovering Young Writing Talent

Michael Morpurgo | Posted 16.07.2012 | Home
Michael Morpurgo

Well, the film of War Horse came and went, much loved by many, less loved by others. I thought it was a wonderful adaptation of the story, as the play is too.

Short Fiction: Short, Not Always Sweet, But Perfectly Formed

Will White | Posted 30.05.2012 | Home
Will White

Other than a fairly crucial commitment to brevity, what is it that makes a short story a short story? As the 2012 edition of the world's richest prize for the form comes to a conclusion, I spoke with this year's shortlist to get their own insights into the art and craft of writing short fiction.

The Year of the Short Story?

David Whelan | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
David Whelan

Britain is a funny place. We like to theme our years. The publishing world has decided that 2012 is the Year of the Short Story, when over in America it's pretty much been the decade of the short story.

Five Favourite Books from 2011

David Hebblethwaite | Posted 18.02.2012 | Home
David Hebblethwaite

It's that time of year for looking back, so here are five of the books I most enjoyed reading in 2011. All of them received their first UK publication this year.

Stories V! by Scott McClanahan (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 17.02.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

The Next Thing: McClanahan's first novel will be put out next year by Tyrant Books. He is also writing The Sarah Book in 2012, a chapter of which is included here. Which is all looking pretty good for McClanahan disciples, particularly as he's planning some readings in Europe for next year. Look out for him.

Should Single Short Stories Be Sold Or Given Away Online?

Matthew Crockatt | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK
Matthew Crockatt

If you were in a bookshop and picked up a collection by Alice Munro it would cost nothing for you to read a story to see if you liked her work. If you did you would then go to the till and purchase the entire collection.