Edna O’Brien

photo © Charleston-Chichester


An exclusive interview with Edna O’Brien,
the recipient of the second Charleston-Chichester Award
for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction.


A collaboration with the 2014 INTERNATIONAL


AUTHOR_Edna_OBrienIn this interview, Edna O’Brien talks with Di Speirs, Books Editor for BBC Radio 4, about the Award, the dominant themes in her stories, the father of short story writing, her connection with Virginia Woolf and the mysteriousness of writing.

Edna O’Brien was born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland, though she has lived most of her adult life outside the country. She has published numerous novels – including the controversial trilogy that began with The Country Girls, which was initially banned in Ireland – as well as plays, poetry, biographies of Joyce and Byron, an evocative memoir, Country Girl, and eight remarkable short story collections. In 1993, O’Brien was the winner of the Writers’ Guild Prize for Fiction.


Watch the interview with Edna O’Brien,
followed by the presentation of the
Charleston-Chichester Award:

(68 minutes)


With warm thanks to the organisers of the
International Small Wonder Short Story Festival.

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  1. WHERE IS THE OBRIEN VIDEO????? IF IT”S “PRIVATE,” as the screen displays, why have it on your website??????

    1. Apologies for the inconvenience. There was a fault in the technology behind the video and it is now available for all, once again. The Thresholds team work very hard to ensure all content is available to all readers, at all times, but, because we are a small team – and most staff volunteer their time – we do appreciate a gentle nudge when a reader finds a link that isn’t working. We hope you enjoy the interview with Edna O’Brien, we found it enthralling.

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