Ep 101: Elements 15 – Point. Emma Hislop talks to Pip Adam about Daisy Johnson’s short story ‘The Hunt’.

In the second episode in the Point season of Elements, I talk to Emma Hislop about point of view and what it is to write it. We use as starting point for this discussion Daisy Johnson’s short story ‘The Hunt’ which is part of ‘The Scattering: a story in three parts’ and is published in Johnson’s amazing collection Fen. Here’s a link to more information about Fen

Again, I am still working out what I mean by this. I’m interested in the vantage point that we tell our work from. I’ve always called this ‘Point of View’ but I’m slowly wondering about how this term privileges sight. So, in this season I’m interested in ways of breaking this idea a little but to see if I can get at something interesting.

Emma Hislop on Back Beach, Taranaki

Some of the things we talk about are:

Here’s a link to Emma Hislop’s short story ‘The Game’

Here’s a link to Sarah Hall’s short story ‘Mrs Fox’

Here’s a link to Karen Russel’s short story ‘Orange World’

Here’s a link to Emma’s Instagram

Here’s a link to Emma on Twitter


Emma’s story ‘The Game’ does an amazing job of limiting what the point of view character knows. Think of an object. Name three facts about this object. Now get three people in the room with this object and give each of them one of the facts about the object but not the other two. Each of them wants the object. Now write the dialogue.

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