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Momentism all around

Ten Minutes Scots (STORIE 60/2006) is a sort of rhapsody of 34 short stories on a Scotland you cannot imagine exists and yet turns out to be familiar—even to those who don’t know the Faces or Nessie. To carry this project out we have proposed the method of momentist writing to Laura Hird. Harmonious voice in the new wave of Scottish literature, Laura has a website where she assembles a hoard of writers and book-lovers who know their business and write about books, magazines and authors known in the international chronichles of literary news. We liked the idea of recounting that aspect of Scotland that is normally not shown to, nor reveals itself to the tourist drugged by Routard and Michelin. A country caught offguard on any odd day, with its host of little and great stories of everyday life, so similar to the joys and sorrows of any other place on the planet. And therefore—knock, knock: Laura, would you, along with other writers, journalists and teachers in your group, like to write about ten minutes of your lives? Sure.
It happened on April 19, 2006 from 5.50 to 6.00 p.m., on a Wednesday, exactly five years after the first experiment in momentist writing.

(Read the excerpts from Ten Minutes Scots)

Laura Hird | Kevin Williamson | Brian Reid
Rodge Glass | Margaret Elphinstone

Ten Minutes Malta. End of November in Malta. The islands prepare themselves for Christmas, are caught unawares by the first violent storms that dissolve in a jiffy, and bask in the extremely generous mild climate that closes the year. From Marsaxlokk to Sliema, through Valletta and the Grand Harbour, the tale of ten and more island minutes moves north and stops at Nadur, a village in the centre of Gozo. The 17 short stories of the writers who create a simultaneous verbal snapshot of their land become a feature of STORIE 62-63 (2008), edited by Virginia Monteforte. It happened on November 29, 2007 from 5.50 to 6.00 p.m., on a Thursday.

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Mario Azzopardi | Karl Schembri
Pierre J. Mejlak | Immanuel Mifsud

Ten Minutes in Israel. “If some moments last a lifetime, then ten minutes in Israel can be an eternity . . . especially when we have only a few minutes between the launching and landing of a missile, from anywhere in the Middle East.” Thus wrote E.L. Freifeld, poet and author based in Tel Aviv, in his prologue to the feature of STORIE 65 (2010) where 13 short stories in the momentist tradition are collected: Haim Chertok from Arad, Tsvica Szternfeld on Mount Carmel in Haifa, the sonorous rhytms of Israel, secular and non-secular, American, European, Russian, Ethiopian, South American, Romanian, Moroccan, Yemenite, Iraqi. And the normal lives, of those we raise their families despite the age-old conflicts, political pressures and costant threat of war. It happened on September 14, 2009 from 5.50 to 6.00 p.m, on a Monday, few days before Rosh Hashana.

(Read the excerpts from Ten Minutes in Israel)

Lois Michal Unger | E.L. Freifeld
Haim Chertok | Karen Alkalay-Gut


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