EMC’s new anthology brings together the principles behind both Literary Shorts and Diverse Shorts, to offer a wide and exciting range of short stories that challenge and engage students.
‘Diversity and plurality in fiction is not meant to invite the reader to try on other people’s coats, but to offer a greater number of perspectives and visions of what it means to be alive; it is to observe people discovering their own coats in long-forgotten cupboards and wearing them for us.’
Phoebe Roy, Foreword
In putting together this anthology featuring new and established writers, we did a lot of reading! The stories which made it into Iridescent Adolescent exemplify the best of the contemporary short story, reflecting not only diverse voices but diverse approaches to the form. All offer plenty for students to get their teeth into thematically and all provide opportunities for literary discussion – both creative and critical.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Almond, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Bleiman, Rebecca Boroson, Sita Brahmachari, Anita Desai, Neil Gaiman, Jessie Greengrass, Caroline Hadilaksono, Barbara Jenkins, Earl Lovelace, Alison MacLeod, Shirley Jackson, Milly Jafta, Jamil Jan Kochai, Phoebe Roy, George Saunders, Kamila Shamsie, Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi.
We are using Diverse Shorts and Iridescent Adolescent at our school and the teachers and students LOVE them!
I just had a meeting with our Year 9 teachers and they were so enthusiastic about the Iridescent collection and the teaching resources. They said the discussions in class have been the best they've had for a long time.
Antony, Ecole Jeannine Manuel, Paris