Diverse Tales

Hello there! It’s time for a brand new episode of We’d Like a Word with Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. And, on this episode, they’re taking about short story anthologies and collections with Ivy Ngeow and Vaseem Khan.

Ivy Ngeow is the multi award-winning author of Cry of the Flying Rhino (2017), Heart of Glass (2018), Overboard (2020) and, this year, White Crane Strikes. Most recently she has edited Asian Anthology: New Writing Vol 1.

Vaseem Khan is also a multiple award-winner and is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series, and the Malabar House historical crime novels. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Choprawas a Times bestseller and has been optioned for film by Cinestaan. He has also recently co-edited (with Maxim Jakubowski) a collection of crime short stories called The Perfect Crime: 22 crime stories from diverse cultures around the world.

In this fascinating discussion, they talk about the need to hear voices form other cultures, the power of short stories, why it’s so difficult to sell anthologies to publishers, and the difference between a collection, an anthology, and an omnibus. (If you don’t know, click here.)


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