Aminatta Forna discusses the delights of the short story

Aminatta Forna explores the delights and challenges of the short story.

Author and creative writing teacher Tessa Hadley discusses the history and development of the short story, from Edgar Allan Poe, through Chekhov, Mansfield and Monroe, and short story writers Helen Simpson and Jon McGregor, along with Deputy Editor of Granta Magazine Ellah Allfrey discuss what makes a great short story.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.

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Thu 23 Feb 2012 15:30

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