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Short Story Book Club: Pulse Points

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

The short story is a form which can excite, engage, enlighten and entertain— and be an entire fictional movement in 3000 words or less.  In Australian publishing, we are seeing an unprecedented number of collections and anthologies being published by a combination of established writers and ground-breaking new talents. 

Join emerging writer, Emily Paull, at our monthly Short Story Book Club for people who read and write short stories, as well as those who simply revel in the written word. We will explore exquisite, iconic short fiction collections from the Australian literary canon, modern classics, soon to be published gems, and award-winning collections.

We’ll tease out why these stories resonate, examine the greater motivations behind their work, and revel in the joys of perfectly constructed tale.

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Pulse Points by Jennifer Down

The characters in Jennifer Down's Pulse Points live in small dusty towns, glittering exotic cities and slow droll suburbs; they are mourners, survivors and perpetrators. In the award-winning 'Aokigahara', a young woman travels to the sea of trees in Japan to say goodbye. In 'Coarsegold', a woman conducts an illicit affair while her recovering girlfriend works the overnight motel shift in the middle of nowhere. In 'Dogs', Foggo runs an unruly gang of bored, cruel boys with a scent for fresh meat. In 'Pressure Okay' a middle-aged man goes to the theatre, gets a massage, remembers his departed wife, navigates the long game of grief with his adult daughter. Jennifer Down, whose first novel, Our Magic Hour, was commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award, is a masterful stylist whose sharp eye has been compared to that of Helen Garner. Pulse Points is a gutting collection that showcases her singular voice, and reminds us once more that this is a writer of great talent.

If you’re keen to come to each session, order and purchase the texts as soon as possible. Centre for Stories' preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

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