Last week, Neil J Burns was kind enough to tag me in a writers’ Blog Hop called The Next Big Thing, in which a writer answers ten questions on their current work in progress, and then tags other writers to do the same. So here’s my response. I decided to change the setup slightly and have tagged one writer with two blogs and several activists who I feel deserve to have their work recognized.!
You can read Neil’s original post at http://belfastismymojo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/blog-hop.html
1) What is the title of your next book?
I’m currently working on two possible books of poetry however I suspect they may become one whole collection. I call them Triptych and Cashels, Crannogs and Soutterrains.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
They are a poetry collection influenced by my love of history I’ve done a load of research about a years worth gathering data a mix of historical and mythological. Triptych is an experiment I’m telling three tales at once, a story of my experiences growing up and living during the ‘Troubles’, near death experiences and social criticism of tribalism that is rife here.
3) What genre does your project fall under?
Poetry for now however I’ve been thinking about Elliott and Joyce lately and may try to copy some of their techniques.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart for the stranger it would have to be Karl Urban.
5) What is a one sentence synopsis of your work?
Stephen Donaldson on acid meets The Wasteland 🙂
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
In an ideal world I would like to think a publisher would pick it up I currently have a book with a publishers that should be out sometime this year. In saying that I have no qualms about self publishing I self published a history text that I wrote.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It’s a living breathing thing so is still being developed; I’ve a few pieces written and about 140 pages of research notes and scribbles. My last collection took 11 years to tweak.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t really like to compare my work to others but a few people who have read what I’ve produced so far have compared it to the Wasteland. They both use simile and metaphor as well as a break with traditional narrative structures.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I studied the archaeology of Ireland and learnt so much that I wanted to incorporate it into a piece of work somehow, Elliott was also a source of inspiration the Wasteland is one of my favorite texts. I also like Ulysses.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a mix of history, mythology and life experiences told through an abstract lens. I want my work to be accessible by everyone and not exclusive.
NEXT WEEK ON THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP:
Oonah Joslin: Oonaverse and Parallel Oonaverse
Oonah V Joslin was born in Ballymena and lives in N. E. England. She is Managing Editor of Every Day Poets and three times winner of the MicroHorror competition. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction. You can find out more at Parallel Oonahverse. Oonah was a teacher for many years.
For my next blogs I chose to promote some people who are active in student politics and other activist roles… It’s a break from the rules but hey! That’s what rules are there for 🙂
Gary Spedding: Healing the Society
Gary is a member of Alliance Youth and also founder of Queen’s University Belfast’s Palestinian Solidarity Society. He is an active blogger and activist.
You can find Gary at: http://abureesh.wordpress.com/ or http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/gary-spedding/
Sarah Wright: Is a 23 year old QUB Politics Student, NUS-USI Education and Welfare Officer, Pro-choice Activist. The campaign blog was started in response to further attempts to restrict the reproductive rights of women in NI. It aims to raise awareness of the issue across the globe, as the law affects women living in NI as well as those choosing to work and study here.
You can find more out at: extend1967.wordpress.com