Sunday, 27 September 2009
Beryl Bainbridge on the short story...
At the Small Wonder festival today, the top speaker Beryl Bainbridge prefaced her reading with this:
"If a writer thinks up a good idea, it seems silly to waste it on a few pages..."
I was very glad Tania Hershman had gone home and didn't have to hear that. I felt deflated, very saddened, and not a little cross that a writer of her stature felt it right to make this remark at a festival dedicated to celebrating the short story.