Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Claire Keegan: The short story is a powerful tool

6th September 2010

The limitations of the short story do not stop the form from delivering powerful messages to readers, Irish writer Claire Keegan has claimed.

In an interview with the Observer, Keegan said that the short story works on the 'level of suggestion' and requires the writer to trust their readers' intelligence rather than using a lot of words to put across a point.

'There are so many things the short story cannot do; it's by learning those limitations that I am cornered into writing what I can,' the author explained.

She highlighted her short story Foster, which was recently published as a standalone book, as an example of how the format can achieve depth despite its small scale. The book covers subjects such as home, family and neglect - all in just 88 pages.

In 2008, Keegan won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her second collection Walk the Blue Fields, joining writers such as Irish journalist Colm Toibin, science fiction author Chris Beckett and League of Gentlemen co-creator Jeremy Dyson.

The judging panel praised her 'superbly crafted' stories, likening her to John McGahern.
 

Latest Blog
The Lost City of Z and other Explorers' Tales
23/03/2017

As the film is released of The Lost City of Z, we take a look at other Explorers' Tales.

Sally Emerson Relives Her Life
21/03/2017

Are the novels Fire Child and Heat still shocking? They certainly are, says their author Sally Emerson, six of whose novels are being republished this year.

How Eating Well can lead to Living Better
20/03/2017

Myles Hopper describes how and why the pair became preoccupied with healthy eating.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd