Short Story Masterclass with… Jane Gardam

photo © Sami, 2007

Short Story Masterclass
with Jane Gardam, OBE


An exclusive THRESHOLDS collaboration with the
recorded at Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex.


In the first instalment of this series of Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Jac Cattaneo talks with award winning author Jane Gardam about where stories come from, the never-ending nature of the short story form, use of the uncanny, the most haunting characters, and Death on a Yamaha.


AUTHOR_Jane-GardamJane Gardam OBE was born in North Yorkshire, in 1928. She was the recipient of the 2015 Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction and is the only writer to have been awarded the Whitbread Prize for the Best Novel twice.

Gardam’s first book, Black Faces, White Faces, was a collection of linked short stories about Jamaica, published in 1975. The collection won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Subsequent collections of short stories include The Pangs of Love, which won the Katherine Mansfield Award, Going into a Dark House, awarded the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and Missing the Midnight: Hauntings & Grotesques. Her most recent collection is The People on Privilege Hill, from 2007, and the novel The Man in the Wooden Hat, from 2009.

Gardam’s collected works, The Stories of Jane Gardam, was published in 2014 by Little, Brown.


Listen to the
Short Story Masterclass
with Jane Gardam

(40 minutes)


AUTHOR_Jac_CataneoJac Cattaneo is an artist, writer and lecturer in Fine Art and Creative Writing. Her prize-winning short stories and poems have been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies. Jac is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Chichester and writing a novel. She tweets @jaccattaneo


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


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