Friday, January 11, 2013

Teju Cole's Small Fates

Back in February last year we reviewed the Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole's acclaimed first novel, Open City. An interesting project that Cole has recently taken on is his Small Fates series on Twitter

These lapidary stories tell us about the lives of Nigerians, sometimes the victims of 'capricious fate'. A few days ago he explained (via tweeting) his process of composition, and @writerswriting has 'Storified' these. 

Have a look at this below, including the screenshot of the evolving tweets on Edith Ndu, and listen also to the interview on NPR.  This is excellent material for teaching pupils how to write succinctly, and how Twitter can be used in innovative ways.

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