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Welcome To Thresholds

March 13th 2014

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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The Short Story is Dead! Long Live the Short Story!

April 14th 2014

THRESHOLDS EXCLUSIVE: Guardian columnist and short story writer Chris Power discusses the state of the short story and why the dominant narrative of imminent death or blazing renaissance should be rejected...

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Short Stories on the Big Screen

April 7th 2014

MIKE SMITH discusses the adaptation of Somerset Maugham's short stories into films: 'They have not necessarily damaged the story. What they have done, though, is to radically change its message...'

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Vintage Borges

March 31st 2014

'A story about opposites: the hellish North versus the open skied South, reality versus the world of dreams, life versus death...' LOUISE HEGARTY explores the conflicts and mysteries in Jorge Luis Borges' short story 'The South'.

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Digging in Moorcock’s Subterranean London

March 24th 2014

DREW WHITTET goes beneath the surface of Michael Moorcock's 'London Bone': 'Moorcock has many different styles, priding himself on his flexibility. He enjoys sticking with familiar characters, often dropping them into weird and uncomfortable settings...'

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Under Witness Protection

March 19th 2014

ANUSHREEE NANDE gets under the skin of 'Witness Protection' by Guy Ware: 'The narrative revolves around Henry and Stella, and their seemingly routine life that hides secrets, lies and, possibly, violence...'

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Love, Life and Longing

March 17th 2014

CAROL FENLON finds love amongst the guilt and loss in Carys Bray's short story collection, Sweet Home: 'These are stories of family life, at times utterly domestic. Yet the reader soon finds that the homes described are far from sweet...'

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On My Travels

March 12th 2014

VICKI HEATH examines Once Upon a Time There Was a Traveller, the 2013 anthology of Asham Award-winning stories: 'As I read, I considered each story carefully, wondering what made these particular pieces stand out for the judges...'

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Do You Need to Keep a Notebook?

March 10th 2014

Short story writer, novelist and creative writing lecturer SALLY O'REILLY ponders the writer's notebook: 'For most writers, a notebook is the closest thing we have to an artist’s sketch book, and the equivalent of a studio...'

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Flame Lurid

March 5th 2014

STEPHEN DEVEREUX explores the enigmatic world of D.H. Lawrence's short story 'Fanny and Annie': 'It is, I would argue, one of the best short story openings in English. What does it tell the reader? Nothing. And everything...'

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