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First Light

An anthology celebrating the life of author Alan Garner by Erica Wagner

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Greetings, friends! I thought you might like a little update on the continuing journey of First Light. Just this past weekend I was at the wondrous Beyond the Border International Storytelling festival in Wales, one of my very favourite places to be in all the wide world. If you've never been, you should go -- in 2018, when the next festival will run. In the meantime, of course, you can follow @BTBStorytelling read more...

Still shining... Jun 01 2016

What an exciting time we're having! I'm so thrilled by the reception of First Light -- here's a wonderful blog by Benjamin Myers, and another by Kate Macdonald. Kate's conclusion is one I'm awfully pleased to hear: "Despite all the necessary publicity and puffery needed to get this book off the ground, it’s a great addition to biography. I’m glad I subscribed." See? Sometimes puffery and publicity read more...

Queen of the Compost Apr 06 2016

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... and so it was that First Light was launched at the Oxford Literary Festival on Monday. As the storytellers say, I wish you all had been there: and yet, of course, you were, because without your support this extraordinary book would never have come into being. And it is an extraordinary book: yes, I'm the editor, but looking down the list of contributors, and seeing so many of them in the Weston read more...

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Feb 09 2016

Team First Light! I’ve got some news for you -- something to while away the time while you wait for our publication in May. 

If you’re going to be in or even near Cheshire next month, there’s a real treat available on March 12th. Professor Ronald Hutton, one of our contributors --  and who is an authority on British folklore, pre-Christian religion and contemporary Paganism -- will be giving a read more...

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Down to the wire! Feb 04 2016

First Light is fully funded and ready to go -- we've known that for a while. Now we have an official publication date -- May -- and I've seen what the (beautiful!) cover will look like. Nope, I'm not going to spoil the surprise -- but I will say I am delighted, as I've been delighted with putting this book together every step of the way. It's remarkable to have been in close touch not only with my read more...

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And so to see the Garners on a frosty weekend. It had been too long since I was by Alan and Griselda's  fire -- and now we had plenty to talk about, with the launch of First Light coming next year. I can't say too much about our conversation because I don't wish to spoil the surprise. But photographs which have never been seen were part of our conversation -- our book is going to be rich visually read more...

Greetings, fellow Unbounders! Sorry for the long silence, but I have been so preoccupied with reading all the marvelous, marvelous pieces which have been pouring in from our contributors that I have been stunned into radio silence. But here I am with a bit of an update.

    So -- as I say, nearly all the pieces are in, but I am going to be mean and not tell you anything about them because I don read more...

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We did it! Jul 30 2015

Well -- I just wanted to send an enormous thank you to everyone for supporting First Light so generously. You know the deal with Unbound already: there's a big U at the beginning of their name for a reason! And it's wonderful for me to know that even before the book is finished (and the brilliant contributions are now coming in thick and fast) there is a great gathering of eager readers out there read more...

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Just the other night I was lucky enough to chair a wonderful 5x15 event with one of our stellar contributors, the great Neil Gaiman, in conversation with David Mitchell -- who may not be a contributor to First Light but who is a hero all the same! The author of the Sandman comics (and so much more) and the author of Cloud Atlas (and so much more) had never met before; it was a privilege to watch them read more...

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It's a rare thing to sit in a chimney, these days; but I'm lucky to have had many evenings in the chimney of the Medicine House. "In the chimney" - what does that mean? you might wonder. Even if you are an admirer - of course you are! - of Alan Garner's work, you may not know that the Medicine House is part of his home, and now part of the Blackden Trust. Here is a photograph (by David Heke - thanks read more...

We're in the news! Apr 29 2015

Alison Flood's wonderful piece about First Light in the Guardian has helped take the project up to 60% funding -- thanks so much, Alison! Dr Rowan Williams -- former Archbishop of Canterbury -- appeared in the piece, and what he said about Alan's work was wonderful. “I’ve been reading Alan Garner since I was 13,” he told the paper. “The word ‘haunting’ is cheap and overused, but I might say that I read more...

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Thirty-six per cent! It's hard to get much work done when you're watching the Unbound wheel roll steadily forward. Thank you all for your support: it means a lot to me, and to the Author we're banding together to celebrate, I know. Of course working on this book has made me reflect upon all the years I've known Alan and Griselda, and some of the adventures I've been lucky enough to share with them read more...

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And we're off! Mar 28 2015

It seems rather cosmic that I should be laid low by a ghastly flu just as First Light is launched -- I'll think of it as a great shifting of energies, rather than a nasty lurgy, and that will be better medicine than any Lemsip. And I'm energized enormously by the great support we've already got for this exciting project: a real sign of the passion people feel for Alan Garner's work. 

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