Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia

On the Booktopia blog today, I discuss flash fiction and short fiction; my own and others' stories, intentions and possibilities. Here's an extract: In a short story, every word must count. What is left out is as important as what is left in. The writer must create and maintain a particular tone, or mood, and create … Continue reading Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia

Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)

Brooklyn Colm Toibin (Aus, US) Picador 9780330425612 Acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín was recently in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival as well as events in Melbourne, including one for the Wheeler Centre. I caught up with Tóibín at his Melbourne hotel to ask him some questions about writing and his latest novel Brooklyn, which I recently had … Continue reading Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)