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Kerry Hammerton

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23. #womenwriters #readwomen Arja Salafranca recommends…

‘There are always so many, but I’ll stick to a book I read recently: From the Fifteenth District: Stories by Mavis Gallant. Gallant was a Canadian writer who made her life in Europe from the 50s, writing exquisite longish short stories, my favourite kind. The ones in this volume, first published in 1979, and now re-released in digital format, are peopled by ordinary characters, ordinary but for the fact that they are caught at the crossroads of European history, and their lives are shaped by the lengthy shadow of the second world war. A brilliant collection to get lost in. This is how I ended my review of the collection: “Gallant’s talent in this wonderful collection shines a powerful beam over these lives, over moments, days, decades where the world turns, and lives spin and change in the tumult of the times and all that’s left is to hold on, and accept.”



Arja Salafranca portrait 2Arja’s latest poetry collection is Beyond Touch published by Modjaji Books


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Arja Salafranca has published three collections of poetry, Beyond Touch published this year, and a collection of short stories, The Thin Line. She has participated in writers conferences, edited two anthologies and has received awards for her poetry and fiction.


More about Arja can be found on her blog


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