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Archive for April, 2012

Pangea cover art

Pangea’s editors, Indira Chandrasekhar and Rebecca Lloyd, explain how the artwork came together for the Pangea book jacket.

The cover art for Pangea was especially commissioned for the anthology from artist and fashion designer, Steven Brunner. Below are extracts from the emails from Indira to Steven (Indira lives in Mumbai, Steven in New York) when she was trying to give him a visual and philosophical sense of Pangea:

Pangea is what land on earth was called before it split into the different parts that then moved around to form today’s continents.

Pangea is the time before the land broke up, when the continents hugged each other, when all land was in the centre, all water around it.

Our authors come from all over the world … we want to show that even though the stories reflect all kinds of different cultures, in essence the things that concern us, love, jealousy, fear, grief, happiness, are the same. Our world, ultimately, is PANGEA!

I think of Pangea as one culture holds many cultures. A sort of hold-everything place. A place where all things blossom.

Why we liked the name Pangea was because we thought that all of us authors, from all over the world, have the same roots. We come from the same place, even when we write about so many different places.

When Steven sent the image, Rebecca and Indira wondered how they would set it in the book jacket, where the title would go, where the editor names, whether they needed to work with the Thames River Press designers. Indira went back to Steven and his partner Dan Baum at They created the amazing book jacket with its coherence of design and style that you see in the image above (click on the image for a larger version). The design is now with Thames River Press for incorporating the final details.


Pangea publisher signs Tolkien/Dickens deal

Michael Tolkien, the grandson of legendary J R R Tolkien, has signed a two title contract with Thames River Press. Both books will contain the stories JRR used to narrate to Michael as a child. WISH and RAINBOW are scheduled to be released later this year.

The audiobook versions are being narrated by Gerald Dickens, actor and descendant of Charles. Gerald says, “WISH is a timeless story which children will enjoy for years to come. Michael Tolkien has brought it to life in narrative verse.”

The contract, signed at the London Book Fair in April, has received worldwide media attention:

BBC coverage
Washington Post
Times of India

Interview with our editors

Pangea editors, Indira Chandrasekhra and Rebecca Lloyd, were interviewed over at WriteWords about how the anthology took shape:

It was like some extraordinary mining operation for a rare mineral. Some stories we chanced upon easily. Some were from authors who were active and on the surface. Others we had to dig deep for. And finding some stories was like going on a treasure hunt, following maps…

About Pangea

With stories by twenty-five writers from thirteen countries, Pangea, (meaning ‘all lands’ or ‘all earth’) features diverse and distinctive voices; quiet voices, brave voices, tender voices, and haunting voices. The authors include journalists, scientists, a lawyer, a costume designer, a crofter in the Scottish highlands, a writer-in-residence at a young offenders’ prison, and many more. Their stories range from the raw intensity of a man’s failure on a road in Scotland to the dramatic preparations for a big birthday party in Nigeria, or the moment a young man comes face-to-face with his Bollywood idol.




Authors: John Bolland, Indira Chandrasekhar, Andy Charman, Tara Conklin, Emmanuella Dekonor, Mary Farquharson, Vanessa Gebbie, Sarah Hilary, Liesl Jobson, Oonah Joslin, Trilby Kent, Juli Klass, Sarah Leipciger, Clayton Lister, Rebecca Lloyd, Katie Mayes, Shola Olowu-Asante, Tom Remer Williams, Caroline Robinson, Lisa Marie Trump, Stephen Tyson, Jennifer Walmsley, Dee Weaver, Joel Willans, Fehmida Zakeer.

Editors: Indira Chandrasekhar and Rebecca Lloyd.

News from our Authors

Tara Conklin’s debut novel ‘The House Girl’ will be published by William Morrow in the US and Harper Collins in Canada in April 2013.

Vanessa Gebbie’s debut novel, ‘The Coward’s Tale’ was published by Bloomsbury in the UK in 2011, and in the US in 2012.

Mary Farquharson is producing and editing a book and CD of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s poems in the voice of Chevela Vargas, (the Edith Piaf of Latin America).

Sarah Hilary’s short story ‘The Mauve Throw’ received an honourable mention in the Tom Gallon Trust Award 2011 and is available as an ebook from Shortfire Press.

Trilby Kent’s novels ‘Smoke Portrait’ and ‘Stones for my Father’, were published in the UK in 2012.

Joel Willians’s short story collection, ‘Five Reasons for Leaving’, will be published by Route Publishing in the UK and Finland in September 2012.