Category: Miscellaneous article
Russell Hoban on art
Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
Hanging around reality's stage door
Personal appreciation of Russell Hoban's novels by fan and bookshop owner John de Falbe, focusing particularly on Fremder and Angelica's Grotto.
Archiving Russell Hoban's work
In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for russellhoban.org, he recalls some of his discoveries.
Which Book Is Begging to Be Made Into a Movie? James Parker on Riddley Walker
James Parker puts an eloquent case for making Riddley Walker into a film in this New York Times opinion piece.
Families in literature: The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
Robert Freeman contributes this piece about The Mouse and His Child to the Guardian's "Families in literature" series, emphasising the importance of family in the book.
The Noing Uv It, Bergen Kunsthall, 9 Jan - 15 Feb 2015
Page outlining the multimedia art exhibition at Bergen's Kunsthall whose title is inspired by Russell Hoban's 1980 novel Riddley Walker and also includes a copy of his first book "What Does It Do And How Does It Work" among the exhibits. From the site: "The Noing Uv It is an exhibition about objects and their image, matter and its memory, and the revealed and concealed nature of 'things.' Addressing the possibility of a latent primitive consciousness in materials, it includes work by over 30 international artists, as well as a number of other objects, technologies and artefacts."
Searching for Terms: How do objects tell us things
Article by Johnny Herbert on the Kunstforum website tackling the exhibits and ideas in "The Noing Uv It", an exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall partly inspired by Riddley Walker, whose aim is to "invite us to think about objects".
Emptiness gets into you
Review-cum-essay of Fremder, Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer, Angelica’s Grotto and Amaryllis Night and Day by Paul Kincaid, first published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 2002
Stan's Cafe comment on reviving The Carrier Frequency
Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
Tiny tiny giants
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
How Julianne Moore Prepared for Her Oscar-Nominated Role in 'Still Alice'
Interview with actress Julianne Moore, to which she showed up clutching a copy of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary. No details sadly of whether this would indicate that Moore is set to play Naeara in a new Hollywood blockbuster version...
Catching the Omnibuses - Recollections of a visit to Russ
Anthony Davis writes an eloquent personal account of visiting Russell Hoban at his home following the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum (the 2005 convention), in which he and "Russ" spoke about whisky, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi and more. Also contains some fascinating, detailed photos of Hoban's eccentric "exobrain" workroom.
Salman Rushdie's 6 favourite surrealist books
Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.
The Mouse and His Child: Redemption, salvation and transformation
Tamsin Oglesby, the playwright behind the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2012 stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child, explains its enduring appeal and the themes and characters which inspired her.
Project Redsand - information on Knock John Tower and others
Yvonne Studer writes: "In case anyone has ever wondered what Knock John Tower from Linger Awhile might have looked like (i.e. the place occupied by radio pirates in the 1960s, among them Irving Goodman’s later wife Charlotte Burton), here’s a link to the Project Redsand, a project to restore the old forts built during World War II in the Thames Estuary."
Toy Story Zero: The Mouse and His Child
Gaming/digital journalist Jonathan H. Liu considers Russell Hoban's 1968 classic The Mouse and His Child as great a children's "toy story" as anything Pixar could tell.
Stylists and Visionaries: 25 Years of American Fiction - Washington Post 1997
Michael Dirda's round-up of the best American fiction in this article dated 1 June 1997 names Russell Hoban: 'at his best he is the finest all-round writer in the world: author of brilliant picture books (about Frances the Badger and Captain Najork); of a wistful, Beckett-like parable for middle readers, The Mouse and His Child; and of the inspired Riddley Walker, a post-nuclear holocaust Huckleberry Finn, told in fractured English, largely about spiritual regeneration. Like this last's youthful hero, Hoban remains at heart a "connection man," looking for meaning beneath the surfaces of life.'
Story and history of Beetle Cat Sail #0
Fascinating story of how a "dilapidated, yet rare, Beetle Cat" found its way into a boatbuilding & restoration programme at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, and was later found to originally belong to Russell Hoban. The IYRS got in touch with the russellhoban.org website, who put them in touch with Hoban's family, who went on to send details about their memories of sailing in the boat with their father. Blog post includes a painting by Russell Hoban from the time the family spent sailing the vessel from the Southern Connecticut shoreline. See also "In Defense of Buying Boats", an article by Hoban for Sports Illustrated from this period.
Why Riddley Walker rivals the Passion as the perfect Easter story
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".
The Screenplay Side: Lesser-Known Works of Harold Pinter
Overview from signature-reads.com of Harold Pinter's lesser-known screenplays, with a brief mention of Turtle Diary.
The Head of Orpheus: Russell Hoban
Appreciation of Russell Hoban and the SA4QE fan event by Nick Campbell from the We Are Cult blog.
Turtle Diary is back in print
Lindsay Edmunds writes in the Huffington Post about the 2013 reissue of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary.
As part of the Guardian's "desk therapist" series Donna Dawson describes the "organised chaos" of Russell Hoban's workroom. With brief commentary by RH.
The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (Talk of the Town article)
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.
The Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum 2005 (review)
Review from Frieze magazine of the 2005 fan convention held in London.
"Memo From The Publisher" about Russell Hoban's Sports Illustrated illustrations
Harry Phillips writes briefly for the March 18, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated on Russell Hoban's Floyd Patterson article and illustrations for the same issue; that article can be found at http://www.si.com/vault/1957/03/18/601037/an-artist-looks-at-his-subject This is also referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at http://russellhoban.org/essay/russell-hoban-the-illustrator (Links to SI fixed 28/6/14)
The book of revelations
Appreciation of Riddley Walker by novelist David Mitchell.
Category: Article by Russell Hoban
Brief word-sketches from 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. May have accompanied an original drawing or painting, which are not included.
1975 (Russell Hoban's contribution to Picador's 21 publication)
To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective. Each piece was written especially for the collection, which includes essays by, among others, Tariq Ali, Julian Barnes, Clive James, Tama Janowitz, Ian McEwan, David Profumo and Russell Hoban. Choosing the year 1975, he contributed this, along with a drawing of Punch (not included), made while he was working on Riddley Walker.
Obituary of Leon Garfield by Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban remembers his longtime friend, the children's writer Leon Garfield.
Guardian book club: Riddley Walker - Week 3: Russell Hoban on how being friends with his head powered the writing of Riddley Walker
Russell Hoban writes about the genesis of Riddley Walker at a viewing of The Legend of St Eustace in Canterbury Cathedral.
Thoughts on a shirtless cyclist, Robin Hood, Johann Sebastian Bach, and one or two other things
A transcription of a talk by Russell Hoban given to the 1970 Exeter conference on children's literature, published in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" (March 1971, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5-23). The first two pages are available free via the link; payment or an existing subscription is required to read the full article. Includes extracts from the incomplete/unpublished sequel to The Mouse and His Child, "The Return of Manny Rat". Some elements of the article are reminiscent of those from essays in "The Moment under The Moment". Hoban prefaces this piece "This article is dedicated to my friend, Harvey Cushman, who died in London in 1966."
Time slip, uphill lean, laminar flow, place-to-place talking and hearing the silence
Text of a talk given at a 1971 Exeter conference gathered in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" Volume 3, Number 3, November 1972. Access to subscribers only.
Three Stories By Walter de la Mare - Talk/essay given by Russell Hoban at King's College, University of London, 7 November 1996
Text of a talk given at a One-Day Conference on the Short Stories of Walter de la Mare. At the bottom of the page it is noted "This essay appeared in issue no 1 of The Walter de la Mare Society Magazine, 1998. It is reproduced here by kind permission of the author." Goes into a great deal of detail on plots of certain de la Mare stories, shedding light on Hoban's own interests/obsessions regarding fiction writing/structure. Note: Hoban also wrote the foreword to this edition of Walter de la Mare's "Missing": http://www.amazon.com/Missing-Hesperus-Modern-Voices-Walter/dp/B008SMOAJE
Russell Hoban articles on Granta.com
Link to all articles on the online version of Granta magazine by Russell Hoban. Subscribers only. Most pieces were later collected in The Moment under The Moment (1992); we have not been able to verify whether the Granta pieces differ from the Moment versions. Titles: Footplacers, London Transport Owls, Wincer-Boise; Mnemosyne, Teen Taals, and Tottenham Court Road; Fragments of a Lament for Thelonious Monk; Pan Lives; One Less Octopus at Paxos; A Conversation With The Head of Orpheus; The Boat Train (appears to be an extract or early draft of a chapter from The Medusa Frequency); The Man with the Dagger; The Devil’s Kitchen. Also an extract (likely chapter 1) from Riddley Walker.
Writers' rooms - Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
LURKERS UNDER LONDEN STREETS
Short piece on the noises and "creatures" of the London Underground published in the New York Times 23 November 1981. This was later published as "Footplacers, London Transport Owls, Wincer-Boise" collected (and dated 1982) in "The Moment under The Moment" (pub. 1992). Dave Awl remarks: "It was apparently published in the NY Times in the fall of 1981. (Curious, because the acknowledgments in The Moment Under the Moment mention it being published in Granta but not the NY Times. Maybe Granta came first, but then it's odd that the Times doesn't acknowledge Granta.) It also looks like it ran with an illustration originally, which didn't get included when the archives were put online. (There's a notation at the end that says 'Illustrations: drawing'.) Too bad!"
Jazz riffs in stone
Russell Hoban pays homage to Gislebertus, the 12th-century stone-carver whose work at Autun Cathedral in France inspired a section of The Bat Tattoo.
The book I'd give - The Bridge of San Luís Rey
Very brief article in which Russell Hoban says why he would give The Bridge of San Luís Rey by Thornton Wilder as a gift.
Partly now, partly remembered: Russell Hoban article from BBC Music magazine, March 1996
In this article formerly published only in print, and subtitled "View from a Novelist’s Study", Russell Hoban writes of the inspiration he finds in music: "Indeed he listens as he works. Here he reflects on the power of music to unlock memories."
In Defense Of Buying Boats
Long, evocative article by Russell Hoban for Sports Illustrated dated January 19, 1959, about the joys of boating. "A man in a boat regains his sense of scale, knows how big the sea is, and he remembers who and what he is. In a boat, we become whole again, and the flying fragments of our lives that whirl about us daily become concentrated in us." See also: http://russellhoban.org/link/story-and-history-of-beetle-cat-sail-0
An Artist Looks At His Subject
Article for Sports Illustrated dated 18 March 1957 in which, "with rare and human insight, Russell Hoban re-creates in words and a painting the bright moment when young Floyd Patterson changed forever and became Heavyweight Champion of the World". The article is also commented upon by the publisher of Sports Illustrated at http://www.si.com/vault/1957/03/18/601030/memo-from-the-publisher while the painting is referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at http://russellhoban.org/essay/russell-hoban-the-illustrator (SI links fixed 28/6/14)
Hockey As Russell Hoban Sees And Paints It
Short article dated November 12, 1956 for Sports Illustrated accompanying some illustrations Russell Hoban did for the same issue (unfortunately not included) of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players. (Link fixed 28/6/14)
The Dream Team
Short article from the Sports Illustrated vaults dated December 8, 1958, in which Russell Hoban submits "enthusiastic word impressions" to accompany a painting he did for the magazine of "the perfect basketball team". The painting itself does not seem to be included on the SI site. Link fixed 28/6/14. This SI readers' letters page from the era contains comments on the painting: http://www.si.com/vault/1958/12/22/568902/19th-hole-the-readers-take-over
Category: Audio recording
Russell Hoban in conversation with Edward Blishen
1983 interview by Edward Blishen about Russell Hoban's then-new novel Pilgermann. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
Robertson Davies in conversation with Russell Hoban
1991 recording of Russell Hoban talking to novelist Robertson Davies about the latter's novel Murther and Walking Spirits. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
Interview with Don Swaim
Direct link to .ram audio file hosted on wiredforbooks.org. RealPlayer required. "In this 1987 interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses his book Medusa Frequency, which is an Orphus Uridisy retelling. He reflects on growing up in Pennsylvania, and his continuous love for reading and art. He also talks about illustrating for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated."
Orpheus Underground - Neil Gaiman on Russell Hoban, BBC radio, 22 September 2015
Author Neil Gaiman presents a short programme on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 22nd September 2015, about the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and its retelling by contemporary writers including himself, Margaret Atwood and Russell Hoban. Hoban is interviewed briefly about "lostness"; Gaiman reads an extract from The Medusa Frequency. Hoban's daughter Phoebe also contributes briefly about her father's "shamanic" creative methods. The BBC iPlayer link is only available temporarily and will only work in the UK and some other European countries.
Riddley Walker included on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read
Aardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord chooses Riddley Walker in this panel discussion of three favourite books. Lord and the other contributors Russell Kane and Harriet Gilbert praise the book's language and originality. First broadcast 1st April 2016. Link may not be permanently available or available outside the UK.
Eleanor Bron reads from The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz at Serpentine Map Marathon event
Prior to Russell Hoban's interview at the Serpentine event (16 October 2010), actress Eleanor Bron read from the opening pages of the author's 1973 novel. (5'46" .mp4 format audio file, 2.7mb; the recording is very soft so you'll need to turn up the volume to hear it but beware the sudden very loud applause at the end.)
Russell Hoban interview by John Mullen for the Guardian book club 29 November 2010
Direct link to mp3 file hosted by the Guardian (975k)
Category: Blog post
Illustrations by Russell Hoban for Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Full-colour scans of Russell Hoban's illustrations for the 1963 Macmillan edition of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
Account of Russell Hoban/Will Self British Library event
Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
New York Review of Books (NYRB Classics) Tumblr post for SA4QE 2015
The NYRB Classics imprint's blog A Different Stripe takes part in the annual SA4QE celebration of Russell Hoban's words with a quotation from Turtle Diary, an edition of which they published in 2013.
Russell Hoban the illustrator
Chris Bell looks at a fascinating but under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life when he worked as a commercial illustrator, producing portraits for Time magazine and plates for books including The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.
Meg Sanders on The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban
Writer Meg Sanders writes about how she discovered The Mouse and His Child, and looks at some of its themes and influences.
Hobo Journeys to Unknown Destinations
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.
Russell Hoban, just a great writer
Philip S Turner remembers Russell Hoban following his death in 2011, and reflects on Turtle Diary, Turner's personal favourite.
Appreciating Russell Hoban with his Daughter Phoebe and other Writers
Short review by Philip S Turner of the Russell Hoban tribute event at McNally Jackson Books, New York, on 8th July 2013.
Russell Hoban interviewed by John Mullen for the Guardian Book Club 22 November 2010
Account of the evening at the Guardian event in London, from the SA4QE website. Mostly about Riddley Walker.
Russell Hoban - a reading and a birthday
An account by SA4QE's Richard Cooper of a reading by Russell Hoban in London on 24 January 2001 to promote Amaryllis Night and Day, and Richard's first visit to Russell Hoban's house a few days later to deliver Russell's birthday gift from his fan club The Kraken.
Swossages, Guinness and rain: Riddley Walker in Waterford
An account of visiting Waterford, Ireland for Red Kettle's November 2007 theatrical production of Riddley Walker.
Future Medieval Space: Performing "Punch" in Riddley Walker
The magic of the puppet show, says Professor K.A. Laity, is its ability to transform the inanimate into animation, to turn movement into story, and to bring to life all manner of dreams and stories. Originally published in Puppetry International Magazine 19 (2006).
Learning to read Riddley
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. Riddley is ‘walking his riddels’ on paper and we have to read at a similarly steady pace, stopping from time to time to pick up a stone on the road or taking a moment to catch our breath.
Russell Hoban the Illustrator
Chris Bell considers an under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life and career - that of professional painter and illustrator. Contains several examples of his work.
Russell Hoban: A Ceaseless Becoming
Chris Bell considers Russell Hoban's 1996 novel Fremder in relation to other works including Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.
After Jacqueline Rose, What Is Left? The Play of Identity and Representation in Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary
Essay by Graeme Wend-Walker. Restricted access. Abstract: "The paper addresses a problem many readers have with Jacqueline Rose's The Case of Peter Pan, or The Impossibility of Children's Fiction: that, while Rose does not mean writing for children should stop, she leaves little indication as to how it and the work around it might actually proceed. Russell Hoban's adult novel Turtle Diary is read as a response to Rose. Through its children's author protagonist, Hoban demonstrates that, while impossibility is intrinsic to relations with the Other, its privileging as a critical concern impairs a capacity to respond to the Other as a subject of empathy and ethics."
Waves and particles: An appreciation of Russell Hoban’s Pilgermann
Chris Bell discusses Russell Hoban's 1983 novel Pilgermann, finding it "the closest I’ve experienced to a life-changing novel so far."
The Terror of History: Riddley Walker, by David Cowart
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.
A few thoughts on Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' (Study notes)
Writer Joanne M. Weselby considers linguistic, symbolist and psychoanalytical aspects of Riddley Walker.
Richard Dawkins and Russell Hoban
Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
Essay/review of Turtle Diary by Kristine Rabberman from University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Professional and Liberal Education.
"A mighty fortress is our something" - The gaining of loss in Russell Hoban's creative hermeneutics
This extract on Google Books from Daniel Noel's 2004 collection "In a Wayward Mood" appears to include his entire 23-page essay on Hoban. Noel's paper starts with Riddley Walker and goes on to explore related themes in Pilgermann and The Medusa Frequency. Also touches on Kleinzeit and Turtle Diary.
“some Kind of Thing It Aint Us but yet Its in Us” - David Mitchell, Russell Hoban, and Metafiction After the Millennium
This article by Dr Martin Paul Eve appraises the debt that David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas owes to the novels of Russell Hoban, including, but not limited to, Riddley Walker. After clearly mapping a history of Hoban’s philosophical perspectives and Mitchell’s inter-textual genre-impersonation practice, the article assesses the degree to which Mitchell’s metatextual methods indicate a nostalgia for by-gone radical aesthetics rather than reaching for new modes of its own. The article not only proposes several new backdrops against which Mitchell’s novel can be read but also conducts the first in-depth appraisal of Mitchell’s formal linguistic replication of Riddley Walker. The link provided is to Dr Eve's site which contains a choice of links to this open access article.
Category: Fan site, page or activity
SA4QE - The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (original site)
Fan site documenting quotations from Russell Hoban books left in public places to celebrate the author's birthday every 4th February since 2002. (Since 2013's event the quotations have been recorded on www.russellhoban.org/sa4qe)
Russell Hoban Facebook page
Established and maintained by Dave Awl with permission from Russell Hoban.
SA4QE - The Slickman A4 Quotation Event Facebook page
Facebook page for the SA4QE activity.
The Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum
Documents the 2005 international Russell Hoban convention in London, attended by the author and many fans.
Richard Cooper's Hoban Adventure
Slightly obsessed Russell Hoban fan spends a day visiting over 30 London locations mentioned in Hoban's books, leaving associated quotations from the books in situ. Part of that year's SA4QE fan activity.
Russell Hoban Pinterest board
Russell Hoban on Pinterest
Displays all pins on Pinterest tagged "Russell Hoban".
Olaf Schneider's SA4QE animations
Over the years, for his contribution to the annual SA4QE event, longtime fan Olaf Schneider has created multimedia Flash animations inspired by quotations from Russell Hoban's books. Impressionistic, atmospheric and surreal, the (so far) 27 animations range from a moving Belhousov-Zhabotinsky reaction on the cover of Fremder to a haunting recording of Russell Hoban reciting his poem The Dream of The Kraken.
SA4QE - The Slickman A4 Quotation Event
Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.
The original Russell Hoban discussion forum/community hosted on Yahoo Groups. Set up by Dave Awl in 1999.
Fanfare Metafilter discussion of Riddley Walker
Riddley Walker readers (some first-time) comment on the book.
Photo of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake working on a new project at Walker Books
Photo portrait of Russell Hoban at the Serpentine Map Marathon event, 16 October 2010
Photo of Russell Hoban at a Walker Books meeting
Russell Hoban's portrait of Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated
Russell Hoban's 1960 portrait of Montreal Canadiens' hockey hero Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is also referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at http://russellhoban.org/essay/russell-hoban-the-illustrator A few years earlier Hoban had written about sketching other hockey players for Sports Illustrated at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1131440/index.htm
Category: Interview with Russell Hoban
Writers Talk: Ideas of Our Time - Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban talks to Dee Palmer on camera about "Using the first-person narrative, The starting point of the novel, Writing as 'quest', Influence of English writing, and Myth-making". 36 minutes. The link here goes to the page on the Roland Collection website where you can download a free short extract from the interview or buy fixed-term licenses to download the full film for a week for $1.99 or $9.99 for a year. Copies on VHS video are also listed for sale starting at $79 for personal use. (Prices correct as at August 2012.)
Interview with Russell Hoban by Adam Donen
Composer Adam Donen interviewed Russell Hoban a few months before his death. Here he talks about Orpheus, Riddley Walker, Beethoven, and "the feeling of being inhabited by the thing that looks out through our eye-holes."
Words! Theywl move things - Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' and the power of words
Jim Poyser's short but profound 1998 interview with Russell Hoban on the subject of strangeness, on the occasion of the issue of the Expanded Edition of Riddley Walker. Also contains a review of the latter. Originally published in The Bloomington Voice and NUVO Newsweekly. Selected by Poyser in 2015 as one of his career highlights, he says (at http://www.nuvo.net/GuestVoices/archives/2015/03/27/nuvo-at-25-poyser) the interview was the most popular story he ever published in NUVO.
An Interview with Russell Hoban by Edward Myers
Wide-ranging interview originally published in The Literary Review, 1984. Reproduced on the Head of Orpheus with their permission.
Russell Hoban interview with the AV Club
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
Untitled Books interview
2008 interview, heavy on the creative process, with biographical elements and an unfortunate typo "The Peloponnesian Wart".
Interview with Don Swaim
In this 1987 audio interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses The Medusa Frequency, which is an "Orphus Uridisy" retelling. He reflects on growing up in Pennsylvania, and his continuous love for reading and art. He also talks about illustrating for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated.
Interview with The Pageturn
Russell Hoban talks about his children's books. (Link fixed 27/11/15)
Novelists in Interview by John Haffenden - Russell Hoban
Extensive interview about several books. The link supplied is to the Google Books partial online version originally published by Methuen, 1985. Click on the "Russell Hoban" link off the contents page.
The Scotsman Interview: Russell Hoban, author, by Chitra Ramaswamy
Chitra Ramaswamy's wonderful 2010 encounter with Russell Hoban takes in his new novel Angelica Lost and Found, recollections of Riddley Walker and how meeting his wife Gundela helped him to start writing again. He also talks about his poor health, writing technique, his fan club The Kraken and poetry.
2004 Q&A session with Russell Hoban
Colin Midson of Bloomsbury Publishing talks to Russell Hoban about his then-new novel The Bat Tattoo, as well as Riddley Walker, his love of film and his writing methods.
Small talk: Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban talks to the Financial Times about the book that changed his life, the books on his bedside table, his writing methods and what it means to him to be a writer.
Russell Hoban at the Serpentine Map Marathon, 16 October 2010
Account and transcript of Hans Ulrich Obrist's interview with Russell Hoban.
Rupert Loydell talks to Russell Hoban
Interview from Stride magazine no. 26, 1986, in which Russell Hoban talks about the recent Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production of Riddley Walker, and other topics.
Pure Fiction Reviews Interviews Russell Hoban
1998 interview by John Forsyth covering the recently-published Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer, as well as Russell's writing techniques and tips, recollections of writing The Mouse and His Child whilst working for a New York advertising agency, and giving a tantalising glimpse of what became Angelica's Grotto.
The shaman and his exobrain
Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
Will Self interviews Russell Hoban at the British Library, 15 February 2011
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
After the Apocalypse, the Language Is the Riddle in the Bleak New World of Russell Hoban
Short but essential 1981 "People" magazine interview with Russell Hoban between the release of Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.
Lord of the Kraken
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.
A writer's life: Russell Hoban
Short interview to promote Come Dance With Me. Quote: "It has been my aim to be as strange as I can be, and I've never been as strange as I'd like to be."
Category: Interview with someone other than Russell Hoban
An interview with Frances Broomfield
Frances Broomfield talks about her jacket artwork for Russell Hoban's 1987 novel The Medusa Frequency, as well as her influences and other work.
Russell Hoban obituary on School Library Journal website
"A small work of genius" - Russell Hoban obituary on WA Today website
Touching summary of Russell Hoban's life and work.
In memory of my friend, Russell Hoban
Scotsman journalist Chitra Ramaswamy remembers her friendship with Russell Hoban following an interview he gave to her about Angelica Lost and Found.
Glass mourns the loss of an inimitable novelist
Brief tribute to Russell Hoban from a magazine which ran an interview with the author in 2011.
Russell Hoban: dedicated to strangeness
Excellent obituary by Tim Martin recalling Russell Hoban's novels and the dedication of his fans.
Author Russell Hoban dies aged 86
Brief news story on BBC website.
Russell Hoban by Paul Kincaid
SF writer Paul Kincaid pays tribute to Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban obituary
Obituary by John Clute for The Guardian.
R.I.P. Russell Hoban, author of Riddley Walker, The Mouse And His Child, and the Frances series
Comprehensive overview of Russell Hoban's life by Todd VanDerWerff.
My hero: Russell Hoban by Will Self
Novelist Will Self reflects on Russell Hoban's influence on him and remembers their conversation event at the British Library in 2011.
Russell Hoban, cult author, dies aged 86
A Remembrance of Russell Hoban 1925-2011
Writer Kevin Holohan reflects on "the passing of one of the most imaginative writers I have ever read" in this obituary from January 2012.
Category: Official Russell Hoban website
Russell Hoban's page on the David Higham literary agency
Russell Hoban profile page on Bloomsbury Publishing
Russell Hoban: A Great American Writer
Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
Secrets of the Yellow Pages
Extensive Guardian Weekend profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe from 2002, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat Tattoo, and the SA4QE event.
Category: Resource/critical article
Russell Hoban Wikipedia article
Anthony Burgess on Riddley Walker (audio)
2-minute video of an audio recording of the late novelist and polymath Anthony Burgess talking about his admiration for Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, and how he felt Hoban's novel would have been a worthier winner of the 1980 Booker Prize (won by William Golding).
Spinning the Web of Ingenuity
Study guide to Barbara J. Becker's most recent course on the history of technology, which uses Riddley Walker as a text; each week's reading includes an extremely detailed "Riddley Guide" with illustrations and commentary on many related subjects. Note: as at August 2012 the site is hosted under a secure connection which appears to be faulty, so although we don't have any reason to think the site is suspicious, you should ignore browser warnings at your own risk.
Facebook "Riddley Walker" page
Facebook "community page" based on the Wikipedia article about Russell Hoban's 1980 classic.
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban - Week 1: reconstructed language
John Mullan introduces Riddley Walker as the Guardian's book club title, summarising the language and some of the themes of the novel.
Turtle Diary on the Internet Movie Database
IMDb page on the film version of Russell Hoban's 1975 novel, directed by John Irvin, with screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Michael Gambon.
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban - Week 4: readers' responses
John Mullan sums up readers' responses in the Riddley Walker Guardian book club series.
Russell Hoban meets the Guardian book club
Summary of John Mullan's interview with Russell Hoban on 29 November 2010. Includes link to audio recording of the interview.
The Lost Great Novel of Middle Age - Ed Park on Turtle Diary
A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban - Week 2: catastrophe
John Mullan discusses Riddley Walker in terms of using catastrophe as a narrative device. Part of the Guardian book club series.
Guardian Books' Russell Hoban page
Reviews, interviews and other articles from the Guardian website tagged or mentioning Russell Hoban and/or his books.
Category: Resource website
The Head of Orpheus
Dave Awl's original Russell Hoban website, with bibliography, biography, reviews, essays, interviews and news and book extracts sent by RH himself.
The Riddley Walker Concordance
A unique concordance to Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel is available on this website. Entries for each word in the text are available both in order of occurrence in the text, and sorted by right context (i.e. the following words). There are also two complete lists of the words, one in alphabetical order with frequencies, and another in descending order of frequency.
Riddley Walker Annotations
Fascinating and comprehensive resource site annotating Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel Riddley Walker, providing notes on the novel's many themes, motifs and characters. An essential guide to the novel whether you're reading it for pleasure or study.
Category: Review of associated Russell Hoban work
The way you slide - 1976 review of Turtle Diary
The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
Amaryllis Night and Day among Radio 4 Front Row selected books
At the bottom of this page, Russell Hoban's 2001 novel Amaryllis Night and Day is listed among Jenny Colgan's summer book choice dated 19th July 2002. You can download a .ram file to listen on your own audio player (not tested).
RSC takes inspiration from Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas for its festive children's show (Independent review)
Arifa Akbar reviews the RSC's The Mouse and His Child and talks to director Paul Hunter and playwright Tamsin Oglesby about the production and adaptation.
The Mouse and his Child - RSC - Stratford Observer review
The Stratford Observer favourably reviews the RSC's production of The Mouse and His Child.
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, book of a lifetime: Mind-blowing audacity
Short piece in the UK Independent by Mick Jackson: "Hoban's book is a work of such colossal and devastating invention it makes other novels look weedy by comparison."
The return of the (forgotten) Marzipan Pig
Guardian article from 7 October 2016 reviewing "one of Russell Hoban's most beloved books" whose new edition just released by The New York Review Children's Collection "may revive Hoban's reputation". Quotes Alida Allison (former professor of children's literature at San Diego State University) and Phoebe Hoban (Russell's daughter). Touches on other titles including Bread and Jam for Frances and Riddley Walker.
Screen: 'Turtle Diary', with Pinter screenplay
1986 New York Times review by Vincent Canby of the film of Turtle Diary, whose screenplay was written by Harold Pinter.
The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban: moving metaphysics for kids
Stuart Kelly enthuses about The Mouse and His Child in the Guardian: "it is a profound little book – the equal, in some ways, to the Alice books."
BBC Masterpieces of the British Museum - The Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs
30-minute BBC documentary from 2006 on the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs at London's British Museum. Russell Hoban makes a brief appearance at around 1:48; his novel The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz was inspired by the reliefs.
Writers Talk: Ideas of Our Time - Russell Hoban (extract)
Short clip from the Roland Collection video interview.
The Mouse and His Child (animated movie)
Full version of The Mouse and His Child 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel by the same name. Voice actors include Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, and Marcy Swenson as the Child. Directed by Charles Swenson & Fred Wolf.
Will Self reading from Riddley Walker
Will Self reads a passage from Riddley Walker during an "in conversation" event with Russell Hoban at the British Museum, London, 15 February 2011.
Russell Hoban reads from "Come Dance With Me"
A short video from the 2005 "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum" fan convention of the author reading from his then-latest novel. Taken by Olaf Schneider and reproduced with kind permission of Russell Hoban.
Platform presents: The Noing Uv It (video of talk by the curators)
A 90-minute conversation between curator Martin Clark, artist Steven Claydon and philosopher Graham Harman on the themes explored in The Noing Uv It exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall Jan/Feb 2015. Riddley Walker, which partly inspired the show, is referred to explicitly three times in the video, at 8:40, 29:27 and 1:07:00.
A Clockwork Thing - preview of the RSC's The Mouse and His Child stage production
Short video interviewing the main cast members and showing dress rehearsals for the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2012-13 production of The Mouse and His Child.
Quentin Blake talks about illustrating Russell Hoban's Captain Najork books
Short, undated video (2010s?) in which Sir Quentin Blake talks about his first collaboration with Russell Hoban on "How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen" and its sequel, "A Near Thing for Captain Najork".
Interview with Paul Hunter, director of the RSC's The Mouse and His Child stage production
Paul Hunter, director of The Mouse and His Child at the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about the influence of Toy Story and Pixar and the importance of capturing all the emotions of Hoban's book, and adds "This is a play for everyone."
The Mouse and His Child - RSC stage production official trailer
Trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's classic book.
Russell Hoban in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 16 October 2010
Complete interview with Russell Hoban from the Serpentine Map Marathon event, London 16 October 2010, in which the author talks about how maps have influenced him and his work from his childhood to the present day.
Profile and Video: Trouble Puppet Company's workshop scenes from Riddley Walker, January 8 and 15 2011
A video posted by the Trouble Puppet theatre company on YouTube showing their approach to staging a puppet version of Riddley Walker. They establish the principal characters in "bunraku" style -- manipulated directly by visible puppeteers -- and do the puppets-within-the-story as hand puppets, Punch and Judy style.
Russell Hoban at the San Diego State University, October 17, 1990, Part 1
Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990. From Alida Allison, Professor, San Diego State University (SDSU): "In 1990, Russell Hoban did a 10-day reading tour of Southern
California that began at SDSU, continued
to UC Riverside, California State University Long Beach (where he saw
its Drama Department's production of Riddley Walker), and ended at
UCLA. Russ spoke twice at SDSU. First was October 17, covering
primarily his books for adults, especially Riddley Walker. The video linked here is the first part of that lecture. Second was
the next day and covered his children's books. For this, the 600-seat
Don Powell Theater was standing room only and the audience very
receptive. Russ, too, enjoyed his two-plus hours.
Hoban's unique mind, language, range, depth, and humor come to
life as he reads from his books, comments on them, relays anecdotes
and writer's secrets, and brings out props he carried all the way from
Thanks to the efforts of The Kraken and
russellhoban.org these precious talks are available. Regrettably, the
quality was not professional in the first place and this is the best
we have. Will improve when/if possible." Our thanks to Professor Allison for allowing the upload of this video to YouTube and to Olaf Schneider for the uploading. Thanks also to Dr Yvonne Studer for her help with the videos.
Russell Hoban at the San Diego State University, October 17, 1990, Part 2
The second part of the wonderful lecture/Q&A Russell Hoban gave to SDSU in 1990. For full background details please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
Russell Hoban at the San Diego State University, October 17, 1990, Part 3
Russell Hoban talks to a large audience at San Diego University (SDSU) in October 1990 about his "children's writing" (which he says is all part of his "one writing"). He also reads from various children's books including Ponders, as well as an unpublished draft of The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. This video cuts off due to YouTube's time limits and continues at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwKAmX5vzG4 For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
Russell Hoban at the San Diego State University, October 17, 1990, Part 4
Russell Hoban continues his reading to the San Diego audience started in part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTj5912_yX4). For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
Turtle Diary (1985 film directed by John Irvin) - YouTube video
Complete film of Harold Pinter's 1985 adaptation starring Ben Kingsley, Glenda Jackson and Michael Gambon.
Russell Hoban on Riddley Walker rhymes
Brief video from the Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010 in which Russell Hoban answers an audience question about the rhymes and songs in Riddley Walker.