Listen to Paul Sutherland read ‘My granddaughter battles the sea
with a red plastic spade’ from his recent collection, Children’s Routes and Red Streamers.
Order it now https://youtu.be/zQhEJo9AmyU The playful prose in flash collection Animal Behaviour will make you smile, nod along with recognition, then unexpectedly punch you in the gut with superb final phrases (see A Captive Octopus Will Eat Its Own Arms If Bored or Stressed). McLeod’s use of animal facts as titles is a clever …
Broad, distinctive, singular… to me, this is one of the joys of the short form – how it can encompass such variety around surprising individuality. It’s something I hope my collection ‘Trouble Crossing the Bridge’ shows, with an underlying theme, while consisting of a melting-pot of personalities, setting and plot.