Mark Haddon on Writing Short Stories (Radio 4 Saturday 7th May 2016)
Mark Haddon (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) is on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 today. He talks about his new collection of short stories and how writing short stories gives you a certain freedom that writing novels do not. An example he gives is that he can set a short story on Mars, but wouldn't dream of writing a novel on Mars "because if it is rubbish you can throw away a short story" but find it more difficult to do so if it is a novel. He argues that Short Stories can be more daring and experimental for that very reason. Also reveals that his wife thought he should call his short story collection "Everyone Dies".
The podcast will be available later (as I type it is still going out live), on the radio 4 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgj4
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