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, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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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.
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 He also reads from various children's books including Ponders, as well as an unpublished draft of The...
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.
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...
Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
Summary: In the aquarium at the London Zoo, three sea turtles swim endlessly in 'their little bedsitter of ocean'. Two lonely people, William G and Neaera H, become obsessed with the turtles' captivity, and resolve to rescue them and release them in to the sea. William's and Neaera's diaries tell...
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...
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.
John Mullan introduces Riddley Walker as the Guardian's book club title, summarising the language and some of the themes of the novel.
In Ariosto's epic 16th-century poem Orlando Furioso, the beautiful Angelica , chained, naked, to a rock and menaced by a sea monster is rescued by the valiant Ruggiero, riding a ‘hippogriff', the offspring of a griffin and a mare - an entirely imaginary winged creature (as readers of Harry Potter...

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

There is a continual telling and asking going on, a continuous conversation that is trying to happen between everything around us and us. All of it is without words, much of it is silent. Listen, look, let it come to you—the turning of the earth away from Father Sun to Mother Night, the rolling of our cloud-wreathed planet in the vast deeps of space.

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