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Chinese storyteller Fong Liu tells the story of the Golden Reed Pipe

Chinese storyteller and musician Fong Liu is on the Litro Lab podcast this week, telling the story of "The Golden Reed Pipe", a traditional folk tale of the Yao culture, an ethnic minority who live in the mountains of southern China. Fong’s wonderful storytelling style combines narrative and singing to create a funny and idiosyncratic tale. Read more →
Richard Smyth

Short Story: “A Professor on the Lawn” by Richard Smyth

"You must be so brainy," the girl said. I remember that. I think – I think – that when she said that she was perched upon my arthritic old knee. I may have – you know – jiggled her a bit. Playfully. I don’t really recall.
We loved this funny, sad story as soon as we heard it. Read by actor Greg Page. Read more →

A Tribute to Robert McGowan (1947-2012)

This week on Litro Lab we revisit a short story that first appeared on the website in June 2011. Its author, Robert McGowan, sadly passed away last month. Actor Greg Page, a regular voice on Litro Lab, talks about his friendship with Robert, and reads Robert's story "Billy", about an American history professor struggling to find the words to talk about his own experience in the Vietnam war. Read more →

Adam Marek on His Latest Collection, The Stone Thrower.

The Stone Thrower is a blend of subtle sci-fi and unsettling fantasy which explores the vulnerability of children and our desire to protect them. In this week's episode, the British award-winning writer Adam Marek talks to us about writing short stories and his fascination with the line between fantasy and reality. Actor Cliff Chapman then follows with a reading from the title story of the collection, about a boy with a mysteriously specific superpower. Read more →

The Japanese Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

This week, Litro Lab takes a look at the Japanese ghost stories of Lafcadio Hearn and investigates the folklore of kai myths, Noh plays, modern urban legands, and horror cinema along the way. Listen to four of Hearn’s stories and interviews with folklore scholar Professor Michael Dylan Foster and Hearn expert Professor Roy Starrs on Hearn’s life, his source material, and the influence of his writing. Read more →

Sarah Waters on the Supernatural and Her Favourite Ghost Story, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs.

Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet and more recently, The Little Stranger, a modern ghost story fuelled by war trauma, grief and class tensions, joins us for this episode of Litro Lab. She tells us about her childhood obsession with the Pan Book of Horror Stories, writing The Little Stranger, haunted houses, and the lasting appeal of ghosts. She also recommends "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs and tells us why it's her favourite ghost story, which is then read by actor Greg Page. #StoriesWritersLove Read more →

Flash Fiction Special: Feat. Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Calum Kerr (and Kafka)

In this Litro Lab episode, I talk to flash fiction writers David Gaffney (Sawn-off Tales, Salt, 2006), Tania Hershman (The White Road and Other Stories, Salt, 2008; My Mother Was an Upright Piano, Tangent, 2012) and Calum Kerr, Founder of National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD), about what makes great micro fiction. We also hear some of their work, and those of Vanessa Gebbie and Franz Kafka. Read more →
Sherwood Anderson

Alison Moore on Her Favourite Short Story, Sherwood Anderson’s “Adventure”

Today we kick off a new series on Litro Lab, where we invite a writer to choose a short story they love and talk to us about why they love it. Our first guest author is Alison Moore, whose debut novel The Lighthousewhich I recently reviewed for Litro—has been longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Alison's pick is "Adventure" by Sherwood Anderson, from his 1919 story cycle Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life, read by actor Greg Page. Read more →

Home But Not by Jarred McGinnis

Illustration by Hannah Bagshaw

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Jarred McGinnis

Jarred McGinnis, an American living in London, is the co-founder of the literary variety night, The Special Relationship. His fiction has been read, aloud and everything, on BBC Radio 4. He has also appeared in a number of very nice places like PANK and Atticus Review. He is

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