Ireland has produced some of the world’s most celebrated short story writers – and continues to do so. Why are the Irish so good at the form, and why do they love it so much, asks Anne Enright.
This article comes from the Guardian, 2010, around the time The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story was published, which was edited by Anne.
Writing about her own views on the form she also gives us an insight into what her predecessors thought of the short story.
For instance, did you know that what Seán O’Faolain liked in a short story was “punch and poetry”?
Sounds good to us!