Triangles we’re sometimes reminded, can be eternal, and when they are we’re usually talking about relationships between three people, and the tensions within them. Triangles, in a different context, that of engineering, are stronger, more secure, than quadrilaterals. You can’t distort a triangle, without breaking it apart, unless of course, you can adjust the length of the sides.

Triangles can tessellate. They can mirror. They can be equilateral, right angled, obtuse or acute. They can be appear stable, or top heavy; broad or narrow; immovable, or poised to tumble from one face to another. The points of a triangle can become the centres of circles to which the other two points are circumferences, perhaps intersecting arcs. And each of those descriptions might be a metaphor. No wonder they are so useful, as a concept on which stories might be constructed.

As a preamble to Carlisle’s Borderlines Book Festival, Mike Smith, who writes fiction as Brindley Hallam Dennis, will be leading a writers’ workshop at Carlisle Library (Thursday 5th October, 10.00am-12.00 noon.) that will explore some of the ways we might take the ‘triangle’ as the basis for creating the situations in which our fictional short story characters might find themselves (or create!).  You can get tickets here.

A week later, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on Thursday, October 12th, in Room 8, Fisher Street Galleries, he will be leading a workshop on locations in short stories: how do we use them? How much to put in? How much to leave out? And when to tell?