The story features a library-ship, drowned books, wild seafaring scholars and a plucky young heroine. It’s a strange little story and I’m proud of it, and so very pleased that it’s in Paraxis. Editors Claire Massey and Andy Hedgecock have put together a wonderful library-themed issue, which includes the Paraxis Library Wall, an interactive mosaic of art and writing. Go check it out!
It’s a bad time for libraries right now and having a whole magazine issue about them is a great thing. Do read Andy and Claire’s introduction, which talks about how important libraries are, and take a moment to look at their current nominated charity, The Reader Organisation, which “works to bring about social change by sharing great literature, making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage with reading, improve wellbeing and build community”. Myself and the other contributors all provided our work for free for this issue in support of this, and if you like what you read I hope you’ll consider donating something towards the cause.
Libraries are awesome. Paraxis #2 is all about the awesomeness (and weirdness) of libraries. I’m delighted to be a part of it.