Chris Power lives and works in London. His column, A Brief Survey of the Short Story, has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. He has written for the BBC, The New York Times and the New Statesman. His fiction has been published in GrantaThe Stinging FlyThe Dublin Review, and The White Review, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 

Further reading

Read: ‘Johnny Kingdom’ in Granta

Review: Mothers in Guardian

Follow on Twitter: @chris_power


Resource: A brief survey of the short story – Guardian

Writing prompt: Find some old photographs of your own mother. Begin by describing her facial features and then her character. Think carefully about the words and symbols you use. Use the photos to spark a particular memory about your mother and write freely.