No Alibis Press Podcast

In the first series of podcasts on Still Worlds Turning, writers consider the short story and read from their published pieces.

Special thanks to the Seamus Heaney Centre, to Stephen Sexton for editing, and to Ruby Colley for the music.

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1.6 Niamh MacCabe

Niamh McCabe

Writer and artist Niamh MacCabe discusses life dictating form and the undemanding love of baby magpies. Niamh reads her story ‘Lullula’.

1.5 Jan Carson

Jan Carson

Jan Carson (aka NI’s leading Casualty expert) on glimpsing odd things through windows and transforming cul-de-sac stories. Jan reads ‘The World Ending in Fire’.

1.4 Dawn Watson

Dawn Watson

Writer Dawn Watson talks about mapping the places 'where [poetry and prose] meet, where they connect', and reads 'The Seaview Hundred and Fifty-Two' (Still Worlds Turning), a story set in the early 1980s about a North Belfast pupil with OCD and how they confront one of the era’s many bogeymen.

1.3 Sam Thompson

Sam at Gutter

How do writers move between composing long and short fiction? Where do stories come from and how are they carried to completion? Sam Thompson discusses form and practice before reading ‘Seafront Gothic’ (Still Worlds Turning), his story about the uncanny, sibling rivalry, and the unknowability that underpins human relationships.

1.2 Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine

Author Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home, Stinging Fly, 2018) and David Torrans (No Alibis) discuss writing, and Wendy reads her short story 'NOTES FOR THE ATTENTION OF THOSE WORKING IN THE XANADU NIGHTCLUB, THE HENNESSY COURT HOTEL, BELFAST, 1983, found in the pocket of an old handbag when clearing a roof space, 2018' (Still Worlds Turning, No Alibis Press, 2019).

1.1 June Caldwell on the short story

June Caldwell Discusses Still Worlds Turning

June Caldwell (Room Little Darker) introduced the anthology Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press 2019) with an essay on making and breaking the rules of short fiction. Here she discusses the form of the short story with anthology editor Emma Warnock.

Music by Ruby Colley.

Edited by Stephen Sexton.

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