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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

“Tell me about the strangeness.”
“I don’t know if I have any words for it. Underneath every thing there is strangeness, there is silence. You are that strangeness and silence in the shape of a bird.”
“Yes,” said Ulpika. “That is what I am. But does anybody want strangeness and silence any more?”


Russell Hoban links...

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)
John Mullan introduces Riddley Walker as the Guardian's book club title, summarising the language and some of the themes of the novel.
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, he recalls some of his discoveries.
The Second Mrs Kong is an opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle with libretto by Russell Hoban. From Wikipedia: "Glyndebourne Touring Opera first staged the opera on 24 October 1994.The cast included Philip Langridge, Helen Field and Michael Chance. Tom Cairns designed and directed the production, in...
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...
Summary: Hoban's second novel for adults, Kleinzeit is a story detailing the eponymous title character's brush with illness and creativity. When Kleinzeit is fired from his job as an advertising copywriter, he ends up in hospital with a "skewed hypotenuse", being tended by the healthy and...
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.
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:...
Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
In Dock 14 (there's no 13); Clever Daughter, a deep-space Corporation tanker, a huge battered thing like a discarded oil refinery all pocked and pitted from the dust and flying debris of seven galaxies, dull metal shining in the rain. Nothing sleek, nothing aerodynamic - it doesn't need to be...