Collaboration and short stories

In the most recent edition of Scan – the journal produced by the NSW Curriculum K-12 Directorate, Ross Todd introduces a section on collaboration in schools and poses some interesting questions about collaboration. Ross  refers to the term ‘co-creation’ which he argues emphasises the results of collaboration rather than the team doing the collaboration. One of the great thinkers and challengers in the school librarianship world, Ross Todd is someone to whom we should always listen.

I’ve noted Richard Ford as one of my favourite writers and he has recently published an article in The Guardian (UK newspaper) on short stories in which he praises short stories as being ‘daring little instruments and almost always represent commensurate daring in their makers‘ and the ‘high-wire act of literature‘. I go hot and cold with short story collections which I think are valuable to dip into and go back to. Ford’s collection ‘A multitude of sins’ is a superb example of the genre, so I must make a note to myself to go dipping again.


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