A Giant story in my head – Neil Gaiman on American Gods #Writing @neilhimself

There a nice little clip here of Neil Gaiman describing the genesis of his book America Gods. I absolutely love the book, but I confess I’m still not sure about the TV series. Some aspects of it I found mind-blowing, other bits not so much. Either way, both book and series are worth checking out. […]

Something for the weekend? How stories last – Neil Gaiman #Writing

Here’s a delicious use for 100 minutes of your weekend. In June 2015, Neil Gaiman gave a talk at the Long Now Foundation on the nature, power and evolution of stories. Are stories alive? He talks about our symbiotic relationship with stories and how animals live for, perhaps 30 years at most; trees can live for a […]

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes – Neil Gaiman

A New Year’s wish from Neil Gaiman “And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple. And it’s this. I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing […]

Neil Gaiman on Norse Mythology

I’m looking forward to this so much. I’ve loved Norse mythology since I was small and Look and Learn magazine (or was it World of Wonder?) ran a series on the Norse gods. Neil Gaiman’s brilliantly imagined American Gods reintroduced me as, of course did the Marvel films. His book on the mythology is out in […]

Books are sacred – Neil Gaiman @neilhimself

A great interview with Neil Gaiman on Salon.com, via View from the Ledge.

The Secret Knowledge of Freelancing–Neil Gaiman

This is author Neil Gaiman addressing the University of the Arts Class of 2012. It’s a genuinely inspiring speech in which he exhorts his audience to Make Good Art.     He also shares the secret knowledge of freelancing: people get hired because they get hired but … people keep working because: their work is […]

The Secret Knowledge of Freelancing–Neil Gaiman

This is author Neil Gaiman addressing the University of the Arts Class of 2012. It’s a genuinely inspiring speech in which he exhorts his audience to Make Good Art.     He also shares the secret knowledge of freelancing: people get hired because they get hired but … people keep working because: their work is […]

Neil Gaiman on Writing

“Sometimes you can look out across what you’re writing, and it’s like looking out over a landscape on a glorious, clear summer’s day. You can see every leaf on every tree, and hear the birdsong, and you know where you’ll be going on your walk.” …and sometimes “it’s like driving through fog.”  A nice piece […]

A bookly object of desire – @FolioSociety @NeilHimself

The Folio Society’s new and lavish edition of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, illustrated by Dave McKean, has glistened its way onto my Wish List. Sadly, my over-large Wish List is preceded by a still groaning Must Read Shelf. Although, as I’ve already read the novel, maybe this doesn’t count. Does it? Does it, does it, […]

Where do stories come from?

We know that stories work at a physiological level; our bodies respond to stories as if we were actually experiencing the events for real. In turn, and importantly, this means we can learn from them, as from a real experience, but with lower risk and in less time. That suggests that, like domestic animals,  stories […]

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