Idling: A Storytime For Grownups

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Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a “full-length work,” as if short fiction is inherently incomplete and the novel somehow isn’t.

Maybe short stories are undervalued because we mistakenly believe that they are easy to write and to understand. People mistakenly believe a short story can be whipped up with little effort. Keeping the story concise is difficult because you need to decide what’s truly essential to the (re)telling. There is no time for a slow burn. You need to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and as artfully as possible.

This is where Karen Thornton select a collection of Short Stories for you – all well presented.

A New Show Every: First Sunday of the Calendar Month at 11am

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Idling: A Storytime for Grownups

Hosted by: Karen Thornton

Idling: The Artist of the Beautiful, by Nathaniel Hawthorn

Idling: The Artist of the Beautiful, by Nathaniel Hawthorn

 Karen, the former head of Harrogate Library, dedicates the first Sunday of each month to reading a classic, out-of-copyright short story on Harrogate Community Radio. These engaging sessions nearly fill an hour, offering listeners a delightful literary escape. Her...

Idling: Walnut Tree House – A Ghost Story by Charlotte Riddell

Idling: Walnut Tree House – A Ghost Story by Charlotte Riddell

 Karen, the former head of Harrogate Library, dedicates the first Sunday of each month to reading a classic, out-of-copyright short story on Harrogate Community Radio. These engaging sessions nearly fill an hour, offering listeners a delightful literary escape. Her...

Idling: The Moaning Lily, by Emma Vane

Idling: The Moaning Lily, by Emma Vane

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, by MR James

Idling: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, by MR James

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: From the Dead, by Edith Nesbit

Idling: From the Dead, by Edith Nesbit

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: Was It An Illusion?: A Parson’s Story, by Amelia B Edwards

Idling: Was It An Illusion?: A Parson’s Story, by Amelia B Edwards

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: A Modern Circe, by Alicia Ramsey

Idling: A Modern Circe, by Alicia Ramsey

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by HG Wells

Idling: The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by HG Wells

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: A Case Of Eavesdropping, by Algernon Blackwood

Idling: A Case Of Eavesdropping, by Algernon Blackwood

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: A Neighbour’s Landmark, by MR James

Idling: A Neighbour’s Landmark, by MR James

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: A Vine on a House, by Ambrose Bierce

Idling: A Vine on a House, by Ambrose Bierce

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: Carnivorine, by Lucy H Hooper

Idling: Carnivorine, by Lucy H Hooper

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: A School Story, by MR James

Idling: A School Story, by MR James

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: The Aunt and Amabel, by E Nesbit

Idling: The Aunt and Amabel, by E Nesbit

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: The Diary of Mr Poynter, by M R James

Idling: The Diary of Mr Poynter, by M R James

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: Holiday Group, by EM Delafield

Idling: Holiday Group, by EM Delafield

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: Kew Gardens, by Virginia Woolf

Idling: Kew Gardens, by Virginia Woolf

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idling: The Peace Bringer, by George Gissing

Idling: The Peace Bringer, by George Gissing

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

The Awful Reason of the Vicar’s Visit by GK Chesterton

The Awful Reason of the Vicar’s Visit by GK Chesterton

Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Idle Thoughts

Idle Thoughts

[vc_row qt_container="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text] In my last blog, I wrote about starting my new storytelling show, Sunday Shorts. To be frank, I wasn't 100% overjoyed with this name, but had a bit of a creative block to think of anything better that hadn't...

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