I’ve been worrying lately that I’m a bit of an avant-garde literature fetishist, incapable of responding to stories that non-pretentious types read and that I’ll never enjoy a ‘there once was a woman story’ ever again. Luckily, I just read/heard my first Elizabeth Bowen story, and it’s great
Novelist Will Self reading author Jorge Luis Borges’ short, short, tiny small short story, ‘On Exactitude in Science’
Margaret Drabble reads a short story by Katherine Mansfield about class and how cruel children can be.
Colm Tóibín giving a great reading of a quiet, competent and occasionally powerful short story by Eugene McCabe on the Guardian short stories podcast, which, apart from the musical intros, was nice while it lasted.
Colm Tóibín’s always nice to listen to. Here he is talking Enniscorthy folklore, the making of Brooklyn and the sixteen-year gestation period of his most recent novel, Nora Webster.