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Rosie's Magic Horse - Russell Hoban's last book, on stage

Earlier this month Peaceful Lion Productions staged an adaptation of Russell Hoban's magical last book Rosie's Magic Horse at Southwark Playhouse, London. The production finished its run on 20th December, but we are informed that it will be touring in the new year, so watch this space! Read more - View photo gallery

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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

Rosie's Magic Horse

A stage production of Rosie's Magic Horse, based on the young children's book by Russell Hoban, is running in London from 3rd to 20th December.

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“I’m not sure of anything right now,” I confessed. “I may be a figment of my own imagination.”

“But that’s all anyone is; it’s the human condition. We’re given a name at birth and photographs are taken.  We come to be known by name and face and from this we piece together an identity and fix it in memory. This identity is not physically part of us; a knock on the head can make it go away."

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Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.
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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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Taken during a visit to Russell Hoban's house as recollected at http://www.hoban2005.co.uk/recollections.html

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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)
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In this young-adult novel, shaman Sixteen-Face John lives in a cold, snowy region referred to as "The North" and fears he's losing his way in the modern world. His unborn daughter Soonchild refuses to emerge, and John embarks on an fantastic adventure to bring the missing "World Songs" back to her to entice her into the world.

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Trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's classic book.
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Eighty-three-year-old Irving Goodman falls into an end-of-life crisis triggering an entertaining vampire farce in which a long-dead starlet from black-and-white westerns is brought back to (a kind of) life.

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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.
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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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Full-colour scans of Russell Hoban's illustrations for the 1963 Macmillan edition of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Classic 2002 portrait

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