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Pangea author publishes new short story collection

LogoCongratulations to Liesl Jobson on the publication of her latest collection, Ride the Tortoise. Liesl’s story, Boston Brown Bread, was published in Pangea in 2o12.

She writes with panache and hypnotic honesty about topics as diverse as anorexia, cleaning the oven, the terror of losing a child, exile, infidelity and desire. Few writers are as assured in traversing the terrain of loss and fear. Yet there is quirky humour and sly surprise in these stories told from the perspectives of the policewoman, art teacher, athlete, bassoonist, lover and mother. Treat yourself: these dark chocolate and bitter orange stories are erotic, edgy and wise.

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Cultural writing and inspiration: Pangea blog tour

Sarah Hilary invites Liesl Jobson and Fehmida Zakeer to talk about the cultural influences on their writing.

L: Writing is inevitably a way of homecoming at the most elemental level, a return to the core Self of the parts that split off in the daily business of living and get lost. My narratives are never planned. They always arrive, surprising me. The characters that appear are usually some aspect of myself, entirely symbolic, of course, but that is the medium of narrative.

F: My narratives start off as loops inside my head, and only the most persistent ones come down, the characters that refuse to go away until I write about them…so most of the time I’m familiar with my characters, I have lived with them for some days or weeks, I know their little quirks and fears…once everything is put down, there is a sense of relief, the nag-nag in my head disappears and I feel free.

Authors

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.