James Barclay - speaker at the Hampshire Writers’ Society meting

Tue 13/10/15 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

The author James Barclay discusses the practice of creating worlds through fantasy-fiction writing.

James is a remarkably prolific author, best known for his two trilogies 'Chronicles of the Raven' (1999-2001) and 'Legends of the Raven' (2003-08), as well as a duology, 'The Ascendants of Estorea' (2005-07); more recently, his novel 'Beyond the Mists of Katura' has marked the completion of his 'Elves' trilogy (2011-13). With his work – the novels-as-series is a key aspect – James offers lessons in the practice of creating worlds through fantasy-fiction writing: maps, borders and territories, primitive accumulation, commons and enclosures, all the way over to the axiomatics of late capitalist functioning made slightly weird (if not fully strange); the tendency to create worlds, as Karl Marx nearly said, ‘is directly given in the concept of capital itself’.