Interviews with Writers, Episode 2: Thomas Chadwick and the ‘byproducts’ of writing

‘Things don’t always turn out how you intended them to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing’

Thomas Chadwick discusses his approaches to creating his first collection of short stories, Above the Fat (Splice: 2019).

Thomas’s stories have been shortlisted for prizes such as the Galley Beggar and the White Review short story prize. Above the Fat was also selected by the Republic of Consciousness Prize as it’s Book of the Month selection for April 2019. His writing has been described as having wit and a capacity for understatement that can also instil a feeling of devastation.

We talked about the ‘byproducts’ of people’s lives, but how this idea lends itself to Thomas’s writing process. We also talked about the what we ‘inherit’ and the idea of hauntings as a less than spooky concept. Thomas also reads from ‘Birch’, a story in Above the Fat.

To read more about Above the Fat, visit Splice’s website