interview: alan garner – the weirdstone of the brisingamen

October 11, 2010



Click on the image above to hear and see this interview with Alan Garner, published in the Guardian, on the 50th anniversary of the writing of The Weirdstone of the Brisingmen. I’ve asked John Coulthart (who is from this area and who would know) whether there are illustrations, as you might expect for something so evocative. He does not know of any. This is somehow surprising and somehow not: the characters of the books are wood and stone and sky, less people and more myths. My memory of reading Alan Garner’s books yields up abstract images and textures, but not a lot of action. Perhaps, this work, like a poem, is best left unillustrated?

I can say that The Stone Books were maybe an influence on me taking up architecture, off the back of the images that were conjured up. There are few bits of text that dwell on things as we do: the stoneness of stone, the skyness of sky, you make your own pictures.



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