A Roundup of Events from the Literary World


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    Chimamanda Adichie: The Dangers of a Single Story

    Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Wise and wonderful novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and identifies the misunderstandings and dangers that arise out of the notion of 'a single story'. From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    The Ox Mountain Death Song

    The wonderfully poignant, achingly funny Kevin Barry reads from his story The Ox Mountain Death Song From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    Anne Enright on Writing

    Opening with reflections on the structure of her second to last novel, The Green Road, Anne Enright goes on to discuss her special relationship to the short story, what it means to be an Irish writer, not being afraid of the sentence; what men ask her at dinner parties; failing to write in the mornings, sometimes accidentally writing in the evenings and more. From your home screen. Any time. Find out more
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    The Sadness, The Weirdness by Toby Litt

    Birbeck's very own Toby Litt reads his short story on the search for soul and connection beyond family weirdness. Published in The Lonely Crowd in 2017 while Toby was in the process of writing his family memoir, Wrestliana. From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    'Mother Poetry 'by Martina Evans

    With delicate humour, Martina Evans, poet and former lecturer on Birkbeck's Creative Writing MA programme, recalls in lyrical form the foibles of an unforgettable mother. From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    Interview with George Saunders2017

    Master of the short – and sometimes very short – story, George Saunders has received many accolades for his 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo, described as 'a luminous feat of generosity and humanism'. Here, Saunders talks about the necessity of experimentation with voice and style, and of the essential connection between kindness and watchfulness. A perfect complement to Chimamanda Adichie's reflections on the 'dangers of a single story' (see above). From your home screen. Anytime Find out more
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    The Ormolu Clock by Muriel Spark

    Selecting from The New Yorker archives, novelist Joseph O' Neill discusses and reads Spark's wonderful, sharply observed story about a face-off between rival hoteliers in a small Austrian village. O'Neill then discusses Spark's magic touch with the magazine's fiction editor, Deborah Triesman. From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    Colin Barret reads Whoever's There, Come on Through

    Colin Barrett's exquisite mastery of dialogue and gesture is captured in this short story from his 2014 collection, Young Skins, that explores the wayward lives of young men and women in contemporary post-boom Ireland. From your home screen. Any time Find out more
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    Tracy Chevalier: Finding the Story Inside the Painting

    Tracy Chevalier invites us to explore the detail in some of her favourite portrait paintings, how they make her pose questions and ultimately trigger imagined narratives. She shares her responses to three portraits, including the one that led to her best-selling novel ,"Girl With a Pearl Earring." From your Home Screen. Any time Find out more