Travels in Imagination
Travels in Imagination
Inner Space can mean many things, whether swimming across the globe, navigating fantasy realms, or simply ruminating on life, and there's no finer example of that breadth than the fiction, children's books, poetry and more you'll find in this issue. Let's dive in.
The Everliving Memory of John Valentine By Ross Sayers Published by Fledgling Press
Another publication day for you – congratulations! Could you tell us about your latest book The Everliving Memory of John Valentine?
Thank you so much! Of course, the book is about a mysterious memory facility in the middle of Edinburgh, Memory Lane, which allows wealthy clients to pay to relive 12 hour segments from their memory. The narrative is mainly split between Hannah, who is a new employee of Memory Lane, and John, who is reliving his wedding day over and over again. Hannah discovers that clients can’t be automatically removed from their memories when the 12 hour period is up, and it’s her job to go into client’s memories if they refuse to leave after their allotted time. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that Hannah ends up going into John’s memory at some point…
You’re a bit of a writing machine! This is your second book in the space of a year, and a year, let’s face it, that has been quite challenging. How have you stayed motivated to write?
I definitely think I had a bit more motivation at the start of lockdown, when th...
Extract taken from Small Bodies of Water By Nina Mingya Powles Published by Canongate Books
‘I think about loving swimming the way you love somebody. How a kiss happens, gravitational.’ Leanne Shapton...
‘I don’t think there’s been a summer when so many Scottish writers have brought the past so vividly back to life. ’
‘Is it possible for books to read? For books to dream within books?’
‘I also plan to tell a series of damn good stories with some dead bodies along the way!’
‘When you’re safely ensconced in a bubble, you are in a comfort zone.’
‘For me the fascination is always in asking the question: where do we come from?’
‘God was the first and only librarian.’
‘Thou shalt not skip the line’
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‘Some bizzum’s been sittin in ma chair.’
‘I wanted to explore what [accidentally killing someone] might do to someone.’
‘many of us spend our entire lives in hiding’
‘I’d be famous and remembered for ever because I’d choose its name.’
‘Sometimes I wonder if I had known that it was going to take me fourteen years to paint this painting of the Crucifixion, and what it would take for me to paint it.’
‘Madame Jeanne is concerned with the glamour, the story-telling of knitwear.’
‘Up the mountain. Through birch bones. Through leaf-whispers. Away from camp, where the children should be rising, bleary, pre-dawn, putting on orange T-shirts.’
‘Quiet meditations, the start of a lovely dawn / broken, piece by piece as day breaks.’
Francesco Cheynet was born and lives in Rome, Italy, where he is a primary school teacher. He approached the world of writing thanks to the participation in various competitions of short stories, with notable placements, and then moved on to write nov …
Leamington Books’ current list profiles both alternative and mainstream voices; Lesley Storm, poet and performer; Jim Ferguson, performer, dissenter and one of Scotland’s most powerful working class voices; as well as republishing the works of Scottish …