Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 6:00pm

George Saunders: Crafting Short Stories

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 6:00pm

George Saunders: Crafting Short Stories

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass

George Saunders presents his latest work A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work.

In partnership with the New Statesman

If ever there was a manifesto for the power of great fiction to transform lives, this latest text from George Saunders is it. Booker, Folio, and Rezzori Prize Winner Saunders talks to Tom Gatti about A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, his 20 years as a creative writing teacher on the prestigious Syracuse University programme, the Russian Classics (Chekhov, Gogol, and Tolstoy), and his own prizewinning and best-selling writing. Join for a conversation on how great fiction works and why it is more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. A must for readers and writers everywhere.

Author Biography

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the Premio Rezzori prize; it was also shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Tenth of December won the inaugural Folio Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Saunders has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. 

Tom Gatti (chair) is Deputy Editor of the New Statesman. He previously edited the Saturday Review section of The Times

About this event

Event information  This event will be available to buy and watch on demand until 2 May
Event duration This event will last for 60 minutes
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