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128 pages, Paperback
First published September 12, 2017
I like stories that are ‘unfoldable’, that retain mystery, that repay different, and repeated readings, that go in different directions simultaneously. As an editor, if a piece of short fiction isn’t immediately doing several different things at once, I’m not interested.https://26.org.uk/features/interviews...
I think, perhaps, I’m fundamentally not a “novelist”, which is difficult, as that is so often synonymous with the word “writer”. I have urgent things to say, and I’m not sure it wouldn’t be a detour for me to do this via conventional ideas of narrative or character – but I also can’t stand the measured tone of many essays: I don’t come from a place where too many things are set in stone. I write hybrid things: my short stories are always ideas stories, often explicitly so – they can occasionally sound like literary criticism or a Wikipedia entry – and I love to write creative nonfiction or whatever you want to call it, but my work in this area resembles story as much as essayhttps://www.irishtimes.com/culture/bo...
I work from … notebooks in which I note things: objects, people, occurrences, words, feelings, thoughts, phrases that strike me, or I find words that seem the right way to say something clearly …. I transcribe the notebooks into a … program that allows me to see my work in blocks, and swap parts around easily. I work a lot via cut-&-pasting. When I realise I’ve noted a number of things that work together I copy them into a separate file and wait for them to take some shape. When they begin to form into clumps, I have to exert some artifice upon them to shape them further