Naomi Alderman (continued...)
Naomi is coming to Charleston on the opening night of the
Small Wonder Short Story Festival, to read her latest short
story, the intriguingly entitled ‘Dirty and Unclean’
which was recently Book at Bedtime on Radio 4. “It’s
set in the orthodox Jewish world,” she says. “It’s
about a girl who decides she wants a non-Jewish partner. She
finds it a bit more problematic than she imagines…”
I wonder if such a conflict is necessary in a short story.
“Not at all. People are always making prescriptive rules
for short stories. They say there are only two types: the
frozen moment ones when a woman turns over a teacup and it
changes her life, or the twist in the tale ones where the
narrator turns out to be a cat. For me short stories can be
anything they want to be: my stories don’t fit into
either category. Personally I like tall tales, of an Arabian
Charleston’s Small Wonder Festival runs from Thursday
14th September to Sunday 17th September, and includes readings
and talks by such esteemed writers as William Trevor, AS Byatt,
Helen Simpson, Rachel Cusk, Adam Thorpe and Andrew O’Hagan.
For a full programme of events see www.charleston.org.uk.
Ring 01323 811265 to book tickets.