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Riddley Walker-inspired art exhibition in Norway, 9 Jan-15 Feb

Norway's Bergen Kunsthall is hosting an exhibition in January/February partly inspired by Russell Hoban's classic novel Riddley Walker. The Noing Uv It (pronounced "The Knowing Of It") is an exhibition featuring the work of 30 international artists about "objects and their image, matter and its memory, and the revealed and concealed nature of 'things'". Read more (Image: Eustace's vision of Christ between the antlers of a stag, Canterbury Cathedral, c1480. Used with permission from OpinionMalaga.com. Not intended to be reflective of the art on display at the exhibition.)

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Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

Norway museum to exhibit "The Noing Uv It" inspired by Russell Hoban's novel, featuring work by over 30 international artists

Rosie's Magic Horse on stage

Photoset from the new stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's final children's book

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

I have a Friend's card; I like the way they nod me through when I show it: I'm not a stranger.  I always feel good in museums.  I like the high ceilings and the acoustics, the footsteps and the voices, the silence over and under the footsteps and voices and the individual silences of each thing, all of them different, all of them holding a long-departed Now.

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Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
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Taken during a visit to Russell Hoban's house as recollected at http://www.hoban2005.co.uk/recollections.html

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30-minute BBC documentary from 2006 on the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs at London's British Museum, which inspired The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Russell Hoban himself makes a brief appearance at around 1:48.
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2005 interview by The Scotsman, in which Russell Hoban talks about The Mouse and His Child, Riddley Walker, his then-new book Come Dance With Me and the impending "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum", a fan convention held in honour of his 80th birthday.
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Excerpt (pages 83-105, 220-21) from David Cowart, History and the Contemporary Novel (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989). Copyright 1989 by the Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University. Reprinted at The Head of Orpheus by permission of the publisher.
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Author Anna Lawrence Pietroni explores "Riddleyspeak", which is at once familiar and strange: we have to slow our reading right down if we are to give ourselves any chance of understanding it in full.
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Pins curated by Dave Awl
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Mirror of an article on the SA4QE fan event which appeared in print only on 15 February 2004 in Talk of the Town, a short-lived supplement with the Independent on Sunday.
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Guardian news article.
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An account of attending the Russell Hoban Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010, plus reflections on The Mouse and His Child and the Frances books.
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