Professor Ailsa Cox of Edge Hill University gave a lecture as part of the Centre for Critical and Creative Culture’s series of talks at the end of January this year.
Professor Cox spoke of the particular historical and creative contexts that gave rise to short fiction in terms of a highly personal talk that was itself both short story and essay, lecture and confession. Students of literature and creative writing agreed they had heard no presentation of this kind in their lives before. They responded eagerly with questions for the first Professor of The Short Story form. These included questions arranged around their creative practice, as well as her own. They also asked about her role in founding and administering the UK’s largest prize for a collection of short stories, as well the dissemination of scholarship focused on the genre via the journal she founded and edits: Short Fiction in Theory and Practice.