It seems the short story has made a comeback, but for many authors it’s not about fads or fashion. It’s about being able to tell a story in a way that just wouldn’t work in any other form. Angela Meyer Captives, Tony Birch The Promise, Ceridwen Dovey Only the Animals and Kyoko Yoshida Disorientalism discuss with Bethanie Blanchard the power of stories that are short and only sometimes sweet.
Tony Birch (Australian)
Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, the short story collection Father's Day, and most recently Blood, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, and won the Civic Choice award for the Melbourne Literary Prize in the same year. His most recent book is The Promise. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers' festivals. Tony teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
Ceridwen Dovey did her undergraduate study at Harvard, and spent a year as research assistant for the current affairs program Now with Bill Moyers. She wrote her novel Blood Kin as her thesis for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town, and has a PhD in anthropology from New York University. Her most recent book is Only the Animals. ceridwendovey.com
Angela Meyer is an author, editor and literary journalist. Her collecion of her flash fiction is Captives. She is also the editor of an anthology of eerie stories by Australian writers, called The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders). As a book reviewer and journalist Angela has been published in a wide variety of publications, such as the Australian,Books+Publishing (which she also edited for a time), AntiTHESIS, Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She recently completed a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. literaryminded.com.au
Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne. She is a books writer for The Guardian Australia, and Interviews Editor for Kill Your Darlings journal. She is a regular reviewer for The Australian newspaper and formerly the literary blogger for Crikey with Liticism. Her writing centres on literature, arts, culture, and has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly, The Age, The Australian, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow amongst others. bethanieblanchard.com
Kyoko Yoshida is a fiction writer and translator living in Kyoto. Her translation, with Forrest Gander, of Kiwao Nomura’s Spectacle & Pigsty won the 2012 Best Translated Book Award in Poetry in the United States. Her first collection of short stories, Disorientalism, published by Vagabond Press, is being launched during the Sydney Writers Festival week. kyokoyoshida.net