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Sunday, August 17, 2014


(Pieter Scholtz)

The Mondays @ Six programme at St Clements tomorrow (August 18) will feature the launch of Juweeltjies en Stukkies Glas, a book of poems and short stories by Pieter Scholtz

“The pages of this book are evenly divided between poems and short stories,” says Scholtz. “The first half of the book is devoted to some recent haiku and other poems. The second half includes short stories (very short stories), written for our 100-word short story competition a few years ago, which I have described as “Flash Fiction”.

“One of the first known usages of the term “Flash Fiction” in reference to this literary style,” he adds, “was the 1992 anthology Flash Fiction: Seventy-Two Very Short Stories. Editor James Thomas stated that the editors’ definition of a “flash fiction” was a story that would fit on two facing pages of a typical digest-sized literary magazine. In China the style is frequently called a “smoke long” or “palm-sized” story, with the comparison being that the story should be finished before the reader could finish smoking a cigarette.

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays @ Six run between 18h00 and 19h00. Booking is advised on 031 202 2511. There is no cover charge but there is a donations box to support presenters.