The Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (named after the fan who came up with the idea) has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe and post their quotes and photos on this site. See this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

What passes for reality seems to me mostly a load of old rubbish invented by not very inventive minds.

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Writer Joanne M. Weselby considers linguistic, symbolist and psychoanalytical aspects of Riddley Walker.
Personal appreciation of Russell Hoban's novels by fan and bookshop owner John de Falbe, focusing particularly on Fremder and Angelica's Grotto.
Children's author and university creative writing teacher Philip Womack names The Mouse and His Child no. 25 in his list of the 30 all-time best books for children: "A bittersweet and unusual tale, in which a clockwork mouse and his child are thrown out of a toy shop, and then must embark...
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.
The Moment under The Moment is a 1992 collection of short stories, essays and fragments, most of which had been previously published in periodicals and elsewhere. Contents, with comments on selected items: Short stories The Man with the Dagger My Night with Léonie Schwartz The Raven The Colour of...
Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
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...
Obituary by John Clute for The Guardian.
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...
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.

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