Place as Person – guest posts coming up!

I promised you tasty morsels, and by Grabthar’s hammer (and the suns of Warvan) you will have them.

In order to fittingly celebrate the release of Alma Alexander’s excellent short story anthology, ‘River’, I’ve asked the writers involved (as well as some others) to share their thoughts with us in a series of guest posts, both here and on Alma’s blog. The subject chosen was one of the themes underlying the the collection itself. Let’s call it ‘Place as Person’.

In other words, I was keen to hear their take on how fictional environments may be so compelling, so well written, that they take on a life of their own. Here’s the blurb:

Have you ever become so deeply fascinated with the setting of a book that it lingers on, invading your mind long after reading is done? Do you wish to talk about settings in your own stories that have snatched up the reigns and insisted on becoming characters? Are there places, in your own everyday experience, that are most definitely ‘alive’, with an agenda of their own?

Of course, this isn’t just a theme affecting the writers of the ‘River’ anthology – and it struck me that I had lately read the work of several writers who managed just that sort of fictional legerdemain in their stories. I wanted to hear from them, too. The net result is a line up of fine writers willing to talk about a subject very close to my heart…

Over the next three weeks or so, we’ll be hearing from Alma Alexander, Joshua Palmatier (aka Benjamin Tate,) Irene Radford, Tiffany Trent, Angela Slatter, Gillian Polack, Helen Lowe, Tim Jones, Kaaron Warren, Jacey Bedford, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Allyson Bird, Kim Falconer, Lisa Hannett, Sue Bursztynski, Philippa Ballantine and perhaps a couple more mystery participants… I’ll be posting the entries every day or thereabouts from tomorrow onwards.

Happy reading. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of ‘River’! 🙂


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8 Responses to Place as Person – guest posts coming up!

  1. Kim Falconer says:

    Looking forward to this series!!!!

  2. Bahiyyih says:

    Excellent subject. Especially turned on its head. I’ve just been reading Tove Janssen’s ‘The Summer Book’ and ‘The Winter Book’ set in her island off the coast of Finland where a single squirrel that suddenly appears in her yard one day so DOESN’T belong that it assumes the dimensions of a baleful demon from “elsewhere”, rather like Suskind’s ‘Pigeon’ – and all because of the setting.

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