An interview with Gail Fincham

I recently was interviewed by literary scholar Gail Fincham for South African literary journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. It’s a wide-ranging discussion about my writing and influences, past and present. You can access it here.

I value a destabilising sense of estrangement in writing; among other things, it is one way to approach writing about the non-human. It’s one reason why science fiction has always had value for me. The short stories I’ve been writing recently, and the new novel, edge towards the speculative, without delving into outright fantasy. I’ve often said that the space I’m interested in exploring, in classic fantasy terms, is not exactly Narnia, and perhaps not even The Wood Between the Worlds, but perhaps the wardrobe: that space of possibility, where we have the first inkling that a break in perceived reality is imminent.


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