Tag Archives: Alan Garner

CFPs and Events: Consuming Gothic, Scottish literature, folk horror, Frankenstein, fungal Gothic, monsters

Some forthcoming CFPs (conferences and edited collection) and events: 1. CFP: ‘Consuming the Gothic’ Conference University of Sheffield and online, 29 November 2023. Deadline 21 August 2023. How is consumption reflected in Gothic literature, film, and art? Is it always … Continue reading

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Alan Garner, Flower Maidens and Gothic Animals

This post is a clue to the creature I have chosen to write about for the Gothic Animals edited collection. My choice is influenced by Alan Garner’s The Owl Service (London: Collins, 1967). The novel draws on ‘Math, son of Mathonwy’, an eerie … Continue reading

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The Owl Service: 50 years

Around the time I was reading Brian Aldiss (who has just sadly died), I’d also discovered Alan Garner. The Owl Service, his fourth novel, is 50 years old today. The Owl Service is now what would be called Young Adult fiction and … Continue reading

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Alan Garner — review essay

Alan Garner is one of the finest fantasy writers for children, though his work goes beyond both that genre and that audience. Michael Newton, in an excellent essay here, reviews First Light, ‘a festschrift of essays, reminiscences, poems and stories … Continue reading

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M.O. Grenby, ‘Fantasy and fairytale in children’s literature ‘

‘Professor M O Grenby explores the relationship between fantasy and morality in 18th- and 19th-century children’s literature.’ This is another excellent article by Prof. Grenby of Newcastle University, from the BL website (whose collection of articles is a very useful … Continue reading

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