The official Russell Hoban website

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

On 11-13 February 2005 the Russell Hoban community convened in London in a unique celebration of the author's 80th birthday and an amazing body of work, from the Frances books through The Mouse and His Child to Riddley Walker and his then-new novel Come Dance With Me. Accompanying the convention was a superb 50-page booklet containing tributes from friends, associates and fans, including Quentin Blake (above), Glenda Jackson and novelist David Mitchell. Now the full booklet is published online for the first time. Read the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum Booklet here

Latest news

Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

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

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

Jump! Into the empty air,

Drop to the rocks down there.

Maybe some of us will make it.

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Sample site content and links

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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. Riddley is ‘walking his riddels’ on paper and we have to read at a similarly steady pace, stopping from time to time to pick up a stone on the road or taking a moment to catch our breath.

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Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
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Writer Joanne M. Weselby considers linguistic, symbolist and psychoanalytical aspects of Riddley Walker.
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Classic 2002 portrait

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30-minute BBC documentary from 2006 on the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs at London's British Museum, which inspired The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Russell Hoban himself makes a brief appearance at around 1:48.
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Scotsman journalist Chitra Ramaswamy remembers her friendship with Russell Hoban following an interview he gave to her about Angelica Lost and Found.
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Russell Hoban pays homage to Gislebertus, the 12th-century stone-carver whose work at Autun Cathedral in France inspired a section of The Bat Tattoo.
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An account of visiting Waterford, Ireland for Red Kettle's November 2007 theatrical production of Riddley Walker.
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'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same.' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, Riddley Walker is desolate, dangerous and harrowing, and a modern masterpiece.

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Short interview to promote Come Dance With Me. Quote: "It has been my aim to be as strange as I can be, and I've never been as strange as I'd like to be."
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Obituary by John Clute for The Guardian.

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