Chaired by Sue McGregor
Both authors opened by doing a short reading from their collections.
Sue then started things of by asking why write in the short story form?
Tessa summed it up by saying “it feels like a wonderful liberation to write in the short story form. It is a lovely freedom to step outside the complexity of the novel. However it is a challenge as well, I find short story writing to be more intense. It is a test of a fine writer to write in the short story form.”
Sarah’s views were very similar to Tessa’s. All she had to add was that “short stories are a window into characters brief encounters. For me a novel is mapped out, whereas a short story you can hold on to. The end of the short story is more important than the end of a novel.” She then added that “the first line of a novel has to be good, in order to hook the reader. However the first line of a short story doesn’t stick but the ending alway does. The ending of a short story is more closely linked to the beginning than in a novel.
The subject then turned to reading and how they view themselves as readers. Sarah’s opinion on the matter shocked me. She said that she used to think of reading as a lonely experience”. It “use to give her the chills to open a book as she never really enjoyed reading.” Fortunately this has all changed and she now finds “pleasure in reading.” Tessa added that she has always been an avid reader and loves reading.
With that the event drew to a close.