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Neil Griffiths on TRAUMA: Writing About Art and Mental Health

Neil Griffiths on TRAUMA: Writing About Art and Mental Health

March 31, 2021

"I was wrestling with what certain states of being feel like as negatives."

Novelist and publisher, Neil Griffiths, joined me to discuss his essay, 'Madness as Such', which is featured 
in Trauma: Writing About Art and Mental Health (Dodo Ink).

Neil talks candidly about his essay which reflects on his experiences of depression. Indeed, if you are affected by any 
of the themes discussed in today's episode, I've reserved this episode's Rippling Points for a couple of links to charities.

The Samaritans 
Mind


Reference Points:

Books:

Neil's Novels:
As a God Might Be (Dodo Ink)
Saving Caravaggio (Penguin)
Betrayal in Naples (Penguin)

Clair-Louise Bennett - Pond
Charles Dickens - Bleak House
Fyodor Doestoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
Mathias Énard - Zone
Eimear McBride - A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Isobel Wohl - Cold New Climate - the inaugural novel of Neil's publishing company, Weatherglass Books

Writers:

Francis Spufford

Essays:

Neil's Review of Francis Spufford's True Stories and Other Essays on Review 31

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Olja Knežević and Catherine the Great and the Small

Olja Knežević and Catherine the Great and the Small

March 19, 2021

'Where there is conflict, there is always a path to literature...Freedom is an important topic for me.'

What a pleasure to talk to the Montenegrin writer, Olja Knežević about her trans-generational novel, Catherine the Great and the Small (Istros Books). The novel is translated by Paula Gordon and Ellen Elias-Bursać

Rippling Points:

  • Lessons from writing in and about a civil war
  • Why don't we write about grandmothers more?

BUY CATHERINE THE GREAT AND THE SMALL HERE

Reference Points

Writers

Ideal lockdown literary listening. 

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Jen Calleja on Time and Goblins

Jen Calleja on Time and Goblins

March 5, 2021

'I want the story the story to be as disorientating for the reader as it is for me...I'm not trying to offer an answer or a safe and complete world...'

The incredibly talented Jen Calleja joins the RP Pod to talk about her short story collection, I'm Afraid That's All We've Got Time For (Prototype Publishing), and Goblins (Rough Trade Books), a personal exploration of 'goblinery.'

Rippling Points:

  • That's all we've got time for: setting 'temporal parameters' for writing a story
  • Is it really the way it is? Working with and against lessons learned in youth

Buy I'M AFRAID THAT'S ALL WE'VE GOT TIME FOR here

Buy GOBLINS here

 

Reference Points

Books and Writers

Films

Artists

Ideal lockdown literary listening. 

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Katharina Volckmer and The Appointment

Katharina Volckmer and The Appointment

February 19, 2021

'It felt liberating to find that voice and put it on paper...Some restrictions can be creative.'

Hello! Katharina Volckmer talks about her debut novel, The Appointment (Fitzcarraldo Editions), a TLS 'Book of the Year 2020', and one critics have called 'a darkly funny untangling of national and sexual identity' (The Guardian).

And what a great way to kick off our 'Finding Room' series with a novel set entirely in one room...

Rippling Points

  • Can the restrictions of writing in a language which isn't your 'mother tongue' ultimately set you free?
  • How a 'silent' character can be a 'loud' presence.

Buy THE APPOINTMENT here

 

Reference Points

Books and Writers

Thomas Bernhard - The Old Masters

Siri Hustvedt - The Blindfold

Franz Kafka

Ottessa Moshfegh

Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint

Articles

Katharina in conversation with RL Goldberg for the Paris Review

Katharina on 'that strange German silence' that persists over the Holocaust for the Guardian

Ideal lockdown literary listening. 

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Katherine Horrex and the Growlery

Katherine Horrex and the Growlery

February 16, 2021

I do believe that we’re all travellers of a fashion. For the poetic process I personally need a sense of freedom in order to write, and I like to feel free.’

These are some Rippling Pages Pilot episodes published in Summer 2020


Katherine Horrex talks about her debut collection of poetry, GROWLERY (Carcanet). 


Rippling Points:

  • How 'Growlery', a term from another era, can come to represent the space you write in.
  • The challenges of writing or not writing about big contemporary topics like Brexit.

Buy GROWLERY here.

Reference Points

Books

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Penguin Classics)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Faber)

Guy Debord and the Situationist Manifesto 

The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark (Verso Books)

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (Vintage Classics)

Essays

Ange Milonko’s essay on Alice Oswald. (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020...​)​

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