Rippling Pages: Interviews with Writers
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...​)​

Gaia Holmes and ‘RESIST’

Gaia Holmes and ‘RESIST’

February 16, 2021

'I did feel like I wasn't living my own life. I was in the world of Newbury and trees.'

These are some Rippling Pages Pilot episodes published in Summer 2020.

Gaia Holmes talks about her story, '198 Methods of NVDA', which features in Comma Press's Resist Anthology. 

Rippling Points:

  • Researching the environment to create your story's environment.
  • 'Thisness' and how some elements of the story might refuse to be resolved.

Buy RESIST: STORIES OF UPRISING from Comma Press here.


Reference Points

Books

9 Miles by Jim Hindall - http://www.ninemiles.org/

Circles on the Water – Selected Poems of Marge Piercy - https://margepiercy.com/portfolio-ite...

Articles

The Newbury bypass protest of 1996 - in pictures - https://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...

Did the Newbury bypass tree huggers change anything - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...

How the Greenham Common protests changed lives - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...

198 Methods of Non-Violent Action – Gene Sharp - https://www.brandeis.edu/peace-confli...


Films

Tales of Resistance by Jamie Lowe - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9037272/

Thomas Chadwick and ‘Above the Fat’

Thomas Chadwick and ‘Above the Fat’

February 16, 2021

‘Things don’t always turn out how you intended them to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.’

These are some Rippling Pages Pilot episodes published in Summer 2020.

Thomas Chadwick on his short story collection ABOVE THE FAT (Splice).

Rippling Points:

  • Using the ‘byproducts’ of our lives and writing in writing
  • How a concept like 'haunting' can be a less than spooky idea

Buy ABOVE THE FAT here.


Reference Points

Books

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures by Mark Fisher (2014: Zero Books)

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