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In Conversation with Alice Thompson

Foley M (2013) In Conversation with Alice Thompson, The Gothic Imagination, 13/06/2013. University of Stirling. Available at:

On Friday 7th June 2013 Alice Thompson was kind enough to sit down with The Gothic Imagination to discuss her latest book Burnt Island. Her novels, which include Justine (1996), Pharos (2002), The Falconer (2008) and The Existential Detective (2010), are often polemics for the primacy of the imagination. Her latest piece charts the troubled story of Max Long who, harbouring ambitions of mainstream recognition, becomes writer in residence on a remote, often surreal, Scottish island. As Alice discusses below, influences upon her body of work include Muriel Spark, Angela Carter and the Scottish landscape. Burnt Island is out now courtesy of Salt.

Alice Thompson; Scottish Gothic; Gothic; Scottish Literature; William Blake; Burnt Island

AuthorsFoley Matt
Publication date13/06/2013
Date of public distribution13/06/2013
PublisherUniversity of Stirling
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