ACCLAIMED author Bernard MacLaverty shared the secrets of his success at a workshop and reading at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk.

Bernard MacLaverty was Writing at Edge Hill’s guest tutor for the second in their series of workshops and readings, Writers & Readers.

An acknowledged master of the short story form, MacLaverty has published four collections of stories. His second novel, Cal, was made into a film starring Helen Mirren and his third novel, Grace Notes, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1997.

In his workshop for writers, Bernard MacLaverty ranged far and wide, passing on wisdom of his own and of other writers on the craft of writing fiction. When he touched on the subject of showing or telling, he offered his own litmus test for whether a piece of writing was shown or told. ‘If a sentence or passage could be filmed, it is shown,’ MacLaverty said. ‘If it couldn’t be filmed, it is told.’

In the evening, MacLaverty read to an amply filled Rose Theatre. His readings all came from his latest novel, The Anatomy School, which has recently been issued in Vintage paperback, and the audience was very enthusiastic about MacLaverty’s dramatic performance from this rites of passage novel. Afterwards, he answered questions about his work and the writer’s life.

Writers & Readers events are of interest to anyone who loves writing or reading. Details of the next in the series will soon be available from Julia Hedley on 01695 584506.