Grieve for another man’s child. The beds strewn with clothes; the disconsolate dog; the dementedly whirring hamster.

As she attempts to save the apples, deciding to use them for cooking, she imagines ‘slicing Vince out of her system like this, like a surgeon removing a tumour’. Is there any way we can get access to a hardcopy of the short stories??

In the opening story of Hitting Trees with Sticks, the main character runs sewing classes for a charity in Africa and teaches women to sew bedspreads out of several rectangles of cloth. Prize-winning author David Vann answers the questions of the Thresholds public in this exclusive Q&A from 2011.

It is against nature, it adds insult to injury.

University of Chichester’s Professor Alison MacLeod shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, alongside Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Tom Rachman and Leone Ross. Thank you to the author for making us stop and think about this terribly sad condition. The title, ‘hitting trees with sticks’ comes together with the first and last paragraphs in a circularity that is one of the great techniques of the form. Admin Login. In ‘Conception’,  a young girl asks her mother how she was conceived.

We see that, while dementia might steal one’s memory, life itself can remain undimmed. The title, ‘hitting trees with sticks’ comes together with the first and last paragraphs in a circularity that is one of the great techniques of the form. Here’s the reason: Hitting Trees with Sticks is probably the most tender. Meaning 1: {I am bored, so} I use my sticks to hit trees.

Each word in Rogers’ collection is a driving force towards an unpredictable ending.

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Indeed the Moss Witch, which is perhaps the most atmospheric of the shortlist, ends quite unspectacularly.

We were totally enthralled and continued to discuss and empathise with the character. Hitting Trees with Sticks is the title of one of the contenders for the BBC Short Story competition. Hitting Trees with Sticks is dedicated to sharing high quality original satirical comics with the world. In ‘Saved’, we’re introduced to Alice who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and whose grandmother has died. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In this, her first short story collection, Jane Rogers displays her alchemical abilities to transport and transform her ideas across continents, minds and hearts, and she is kind enough to take us with her. Hitting Trees with Sticks is the title of one of the contenders for the BBC Short Story competition.

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She manages to put in all her Botanical Gardens research into the story, writing in seven- or eight-hundred double-barrelled biological names for fungis… yet the effect is more poetic than pedantic and the listener yearns for more (I do hope this yearning carries over into the written page).

But maybe I am missing something. Hi there Hubert!

I wanted to know more. but the reviews make all of them sound delightful. Now I will have to go back and listen to it again. help@chi.ac.uk, Blog created by the University of Chichester, Marketing Department, 9 Years of Short Story Features, Expertise and Support for the Form – A Historic Archive, 2009-2018. fir cone, it’s definitely a fir cone) and began to read the first story, ‘Red Enters the Eye’. October 12th 2012

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So I got a gist of your reviews – at the risk of one or two mangled metaphors….

(+44) 01243 816000 The rushed, ill-thought conception occurred in a holiday cottage that was filled with the messy remnants of its previous occupants’ broken marriage: The flavour of that house returned to haunt me in the dark days of our break-up. Required fields are marked *. No, a fir cone, it’s definitely a fir cone) and began to read the first story, ‘Red Enters the Eye’.

The title, ‘hitting trees with sticks’ comes together with the first and last paragraphs in a circularity that is one of the great techniques of the form. 40 Years After; Chinua Achebe in the Global Imagination. It is one of five finalists.

But her most recent book is a debut short story collection, Hitting Trees with Sticks, the title story of which was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.

Thank you, Chuma, for some helpful remarks to them. The winner should be announced by Monday 7th December (listen to podcasts here ).

My children are 12 and 8. Great craftsmanship for this genre. Alice needs a trailer – which is loaded with rotting apples – to take her grandmother’s bed away. Yes, you want a second course but are happy to move on to the next flavours, usually completely different.

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The winner should be announced by Monday 7th December (listen to podcasts here ). Refresh and try again. Chris is here; Alan’s brain reports that as objectively as it notes the sharp brilliance of the stars and their patterns on his knees through his old pyjamas. She has the confidence and skill to inhabit many different voices and different worlds.

It’s as challenging a subject as you might expect, and as I read, I thought I knew the story’s direction. Read the full story here », THRESHOLDS is part of the I was incredibly taken by ‘hitting trees with a stick’ since it touches home.

These are varied morsels to mouthfuls of stories and settings that are all appetizing and satisfying at the same time.

Hitting trees with sticks makes me think of the way they sometimes feed remains of animals to the same species—pigs, for example.

Be the first to ask a question about Hitting Trees with Sticks. Artwork. But on bad days I see the whole thing as fraudulent: we didn’t plan a future, we didn’t even dare discuss our motives. Now, that’s catching them young. (I hope this impression gained from your German article is correct). So, Sara Maitland’s Moss Witch does have it too (the phrase ‘Perhaps there are no more Moss Witches” is repeated), but you’re right, the story doesn’t rely on it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Still this was one penny-pinching protagonist that was difficult to care much about. It is one of five finalists.

This ‘Fixed Idea’ is to the short story what the rhyme is to the poem. But a thumbs-up to all the finalists: it was a good quality short-list.

Diverse voices and sparkling debuts dominate today's contemporary short story collections. An elderly woman is losing her mind and she knows it; she putters round  and around her home in an ever-shrinking circle of memory. I tried to find one of your books in Germany but except the poetry collection nothing is availabe. Yes, I probably lost my teens to two novels, The Extortionist and Dangerous Inheritance – although the latter wasn’t released until 1988 or so. we’re introduced to Alice who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and whose grandmother has died.

Making (& unmaking) a State in the Name of Art, http://www.lesekost.de/Us/gb/short/HHLGBS01.htm, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9782190039/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1263789698&sr=1-3&condition=new.

Such bodily, visceral images make Rogers’ writing and her characters strikingly human. Amidst the hot, grassy summer in the opening of ‘Morphogenesis’, a small boy finds the perfect spot to release himself as ‘his bladder gives a plaintive twinge’. It is fact enough […] for it to drive him, in a few weeks’ time, to a written explanation.

Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones. Still, the first to be broadcast, Other Men’s Gods is a clever yarn with this wicked humour (indeed the humour is so irreverent that it pokes fun at Jehovah Himself. But Rogers’ use of colour creates an undercurrent of threat, one that takes the story off in a different, unpredictable direction.

My review of the stories is available at Lionel Shriver’s Exchange Rates for instance is all about pennies and pounds… You would think that all those decimal points would miss the point in a season of dumbed down entertainment, but the writing (and reading) is fleet, and once the old man dies, the listener does sit up and pays attention. So there’s my money for you: hovering between Other Men’s Gods and Hitting Trees.

Start by marking “Hitting Trees with Sticks” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Inherit your father’s gifts. Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating.’ – Hilary Mantel.

The title story, ‘Hitting Trees with Sticks’, is as poignant as it is sharp. Imagine the giant horses. She slides the reader, in imagination, to a snow-bound France, to Africa, to the Caribbean: she takes us into offices and libraries, under the sea and into the forest, and also into the vast untrodden country of memory that we car, ‘There is nothing predictable about a Jane Rogers story.

Ride the airstreams with a winged demigod. Add your email address here to receive our monthly newsletter: Q&A WITH DAVID VANN The story is strikingly different from the others; there’s a marked tonal shift that recreates a sense of an almost filmic montage. University of Chichester, University of Chichester Although I don’t read German, one of the benefits of GGG’s (google the ‘gentle’ giant) domination of the WWW is Google translate.

This was a wonderful short story. Rogers handles this with deft precision and sensitivity, but it’s all the more unsettling because of that.

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