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Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell was born in Audenshaw, Manchester, in 1973. While working variously as a warehouseman, bookseller and teacher, he had poems and stories published in small press magazines, and was the editor of Lamport Court. In 1999, he completed an MA dissertation on the short stories of Raymond Carver and in 2006, graduated with a distinction from the Creative Writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Short story collections

Broken Doll (Salt Publishing, 2007) 

Reviewed by Zoe King

Interview with Neil Campbell

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Neil Campbell: A while

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

NC: No, I wasn't so presumptuous

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

NC: The same way in which I used to edit a magazine, by instinct.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

NC:  Memory and imagination allied to craft, alongside something unquantifiable. And a place where people aren't judged.

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

NC: No, I'm just trying to write the best story I can write. Though I sometimes look up and see dear old Raymond [Carver] frowning at me from on the wall.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
collection, anything at all?

NC: Do you know a literary agent who has a clue about working class people? If so give me a bell because I've got a cracking novel and little cash for stamps

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

NC: They aren't, and that's the tragedy (to quote David Brent)

TSR: What are you working on now?

NC:A story called Piccadilly Gardens, and finishing like Robinho

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

NC: Tooth & Claw by TC Boyle, Selected Stories of Andre Dubus, Collected Stories of John Cheever.