Winning Short Story: THE POET by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

‘The Poet’ is a story about the lies we have to live in order to be accepted and praised. Even at the end of time, the protagonist has to lie to be accepted, when his truth is lost for ever.

Why should this story be read by people?

All the artists of the world, working to be recognised, and working to have their work loved by the masses have to create a body of work that is accepted. Is this the true message they want to put across? How would they react in the same circumstances?

How would you describe this story in two words?

Truth lost

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ by Phillip Glass.

How long have you been working on this story?

As I work on several things at the same time, it is difficult to say how long it takes me to write something. I really wanted to write something positive, that at the end of time truth would take centre stage. However, I couldn’t write that.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

At the moment my favorite novel is ‘The Beckett Trilogy’. Each time I read it I find new writing to enjoy.

What motivated you to write this story?

After reading ‘The Beckett Trilogy’ I thought about death and how it is treated in commercial literature. From my initial planning I thought about the end of time and how it would be treated.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with a really successful writer in order to understand their idea generation process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about composing music that has not been heard before. Music that helps people create.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

My main aim is for my writing to have an audience. The Novel Festival is the best way of doing this.


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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