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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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30-minute BBC documentary from 2006 on the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs at London's British Museum. Russell Hoban makes a brief appearance at around 1:48; his novel The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz was inspired by the reliefs.
John Mullan discusses Riddley Walker in terms of using catastrophe as a narrative device. Part of the Guardian book club series.
Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.
The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
Page outlining the multimedia art exhibition at Bergen's Kunsthall whose title is inspired by Russell Hoban's 1980 novel Riddley Walker and also includes a copy of his first book "What Does It Do And How Does It Work" among the exhibits. From the site: "The Noing Uv It is...
riddley-indiana.jpg According to reviewers of literature, Hoban’s masterpiece is Riddley Walker.  I agree, but for reasons not noted in any review.  In both conception and presentation, Riddley Walker is a novel unlike any other.  It is a wonder and...
An account of visiting Waterford, Ireland for Red Kettle's November 2007 theatrical production of Riddley Walker.
In this 1987 audio interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses The Medusa Frequency, which is an "Orphus Uridisy" retelling. He reflects on growing up in Pennsylvania, and his continuous love for reading and art. He also talks about illustrating for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated...
Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
The NYRB Classics imprint's blog A Different Stripe takes part in the annual SA4QE celebration of Russell Hoban's words with a quotation from Turtle Diary, an edition of which they published in 2013.