An interview with Gordon Meade; The Short Review features Maria C McCarthy

May 14th, 2014 § 0 comments

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Cultured Llama poet Gordon Meade is the author of Sounds of the Real World, with a new collection forthcoming in 2015. He is interviewed by Cultured Llama editor Anne Marie-Jordan, who discovers how an accident over thirty years ago influenced his writing. Gordon says:

On Friday 13th March 1981, I was involved in an accident on London Transport, which resulted in my sustaining a fractured skull. When I woke up three days later, I had lost both my memory and my speech.

It was while recovering from the accident that I began to take my writing seriously. A part of my re-entry into writing was the awareness of both the importance of language and its arbitrary nature.

In my early sessions of speech therapy, if shown a photograph of a dog and asked what it was, I would be just as likely to answer ‘cat’ (its opposite), ‘wolf’ (a similarity), ‘log’ (another similarity, in sound) or ‘dog’ (the right answer!).

As I began to regain specific memories, in a very random manner, this early grounding in speech therapy somehow gave me the right to play with language in a way I had not been interested in doing before the accident.

On a lighter note, Anne-Marie uses her investigative skills to ask about Gordon’s much-admired moustache. You can read the full interview and see a photograph of Gordon’s moustache here : An interview with Gordon Meade

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Meanwhile, Maria C McCarthy has been talking to The Short Review about her debut short story collection As Long as it Takes . In the interview, she is asked:

What does the word “story” mean to you?
It’s a self-contained narrative that has possibilities for the characters outside of the story. For me, the best stories are in a contained setting or world with the minimum of characters. Something must happen in a story, some kind of change must occur. And the reader must leave with a lingering memory and want to know more. Ends must be left untied.

Read the full interview on The Short Review where As Long as it Takes is also reviewed by Pauline Masurel. Read the review here.

Maria talks more about short stories on her website. Read the post here.

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