The Art of Short Fiction: Helen Simpson and Marina Warner

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Marina Warner wears many hats, as cultural critic, mythographer, historian and essayist, but one of her best-fitting hats is her writer of short fiction hat. Her latest volume is Fly Away Home (Salt). Helen Simpson may have fewer hats, but is nonetheless one of the finest writers of short stories in the language. Her latest collection is Cockfosters* (Cape).

Marina Warner and Helen Simpson came to the shop and read from and talked about their work. They debated the status of short fiction in the literary canon.

"You have an idea and then you circle around it waiting to see what voice to tell it in, how could it be told, how can you tell it in a way that won’t bore yourself?"