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Elleke Boehmer
Naomi-ishiguro
Naomi Ishiguro

The Art of the Short Story

Elleke Boehmer and Naomi Ishiguro

Saturday, 28 March 2020

10:00am

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Writers Elleke Boehmer and Naomi Ishiguro discuss the art of the short story and their most recent collections, To The Volcano, and Other Stories and Escape Routes.

Boehmer is a professor of world literature in English at the University of Oxford and a successful novelist and biographer. Her second collection of short stories To the Volcano tilts between north and south, ambition and tradition, and light and dark. Characters include an African student in England longing for her desert home and an Argentinian travel agent agonising about joining her boyfriend in New York.

‘Elleke Boehmer traces the scars left on the psyche by the tortuous histories of the South’ – J M Coetzee

Ishiguro is a former bookseller, and Escape Routes is her first collection of short stories. The stories are all characterised by an unsettling magic. A space-obsessed child conjures up a vortex in an airing cupboard, and two newlyweds find their lives inhibited by a giant and watchful stuffed bear.

‘Stories that start like delicate webs and finish like unbreakable wire traps.’ – Neil Gaiman

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming