Great Short Stories by Women: Dr Sharon Priestley

"On this discussion-based course, we encounter some fascinating short stories written by true masters of the genre, all of whom are women. Our text is Great Short Stories by Women (2013) chosen by Victoria Hislop. These short stories are by authors—past and present—who are prize winners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and/or rising stars. The rich variety of life is captured in this volume, which includes stories by Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood and Ali Smith. The works we read will doubtless prompt some fascinating discussions among participants on this course. "

Tutor: Dr Sharon Priestley

"Dr Sharon Priestley has presented literature courses for the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, The Letchworth Settlement, the REC and elsewhere. The topics of her courses range from the novels of Jane Austen to novels that have won the Man Booker Prize, classic and contemporary short stories, poetry, women's writings and children's literature. She also lectures on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson and has given papers focused on those fascinating individuals at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conferences and Literary London conferences."