In the midst of things

Short writing is hard. It stretches writers to find only the essential and to think about what assumptions they can count on their reader to make. We spent a whole day last week hearing from a range of writers who work in short forms, from poets, to curators, to #twitterstorians, and 'flash historical fiction' writers … Continue reading In the midst of things

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Speculative Biography (Reading List)

This short reading list includes work where historians and biographers have reflected on the possibility and desirability of using fictional techniques to write real lives. It should be noted that not all of the following use the term 'speculative biography' or 'biofiction'. If you have any other suggestions for work you think belongs on a … Continue reading Speculative Biography (Reading List)

Grounded Speculation, or Divining the Past

Tarot cards are well-known tools for divining the future: why not use them for the past? The idea might sound strange, but I want to suggest a rigourous and legitimate method of using the Tarot to answer questions about the past. Whenever historians talk about creative methods, imagination is one of the first that comes … Continue reading Grounded Speculation, or Divining the Past