4 videos I stumbled across this week.

First up, a great little animated text video of Ira Glass’s key advice for storytellers. This is the advice I paraphrased recently when interviewed by Nuala Ní Chonchúir. It’s the advice I wish someone had given me when I was trapped in the cycle of negatively comparing my early writing efforts to the polished drafts of writers I love. It’s possibly the most important advice a novice author could receive.

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This video to promote the Penguin English Library is a little slice of lovely. The books themselves don’t look bad either.

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Found this short film by filmmaker Dan Powell (not me) via the Google alert I have running on my name. It was refreshing to receive notification of something that wasn’t to do with breeding chickens or American politics. I like the way this documentary becomes a short story as Rania discusses the contents of her bag. A fine example of show don’t/and tell.

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And to finish, Etgar Keret reading ‘What Do We Have In Our Pockets’ from his new collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. It mirrors the Out of the Bag film above nicely and is a prime example of the sort of wonderful short short that Keret does so well. Enjoy.