“The idea is to dissect various genres of writing, film and drama by reconstructing them from the ground up. One story at a time.” This was the spiel we threw at writers to tell them about our new project. We expected such lofty sentences to be thrown back, tied up with a derisive sneer. However, it turns out we know some rather inventive and experimental writers!
Welcome to XZ, our new online fiction project. The aim is to get inside stories and see how different writing styles can join forces to create something fresh, but recognisable. To do this, we’re taking particular genres/styles/species of fiction and breaking them down, looking under the hood and building them back up in smaller chunks.
Each story gets six writers and each writer gets one section. They are given a bare framework to work on, everything else is up to them, and they aren’t told what the other five writers are coming up with.
The first issue has worked out far more splendidly than we could have hoped, with a story rife with suspense and dangerous turns. It’s the classic tale of a hardboiled detective, employed by a mysterious woman to investigate a murder.
Click to dive straight in and enjoy the story, or feel free to download it at consume at your leisure.
A special thanks go to the six magnificent authors of this tale: Ben Gwalchmai, Komal Verma, Akiho Schilz, Jack Swain, Eley Williams and John Boursnell.
Part of the project is to invite a bit of discussion from you, the reader. If you want to comment of the project in any way – maybe you have an idea about breaking the story into chapters, or you didn’t like the characters attitude, or you find yourself in sleuth-style experiences and can relate – please leave a comment below. We want to generate an active back-and-forth about the project. The most discussed topics will be added to the issue in a month’s time.
Posted in Fiction, Poetry, Prose
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Thank you everyone who came along to our event on Thursday. We had an absolute blast and we hope you did too. If you couldn’t make it, we’ve got a few tidbits to show you what went on. Starting with a few photographs of the night.
Posted in Annexe Travelling Library, Books, Event, Funnies, Music, Photos, Poetry, Theatre
Tagged alexander audio, annexe, baked treats, ben dodson, book swap, Charlie Dupre, eko, Et Al, james brookes, komal verma, odyssey, phil mann, photography, zines
Today is an auspicious day for Annexe as it marks the first prose addition to what was previously the Two Poems series. You can still divide the two if you are that way inclined; Two Tales and Two Poems will still have their own categories, but if you’re an all-encompassing lexiphile you can click on the Two Texts category to get both in one delightful bundle.
The first author to read some prose for you is the exception Komal Verma. We spoke to Komal a little while ago about her upcoming novel The Sword and The Scion. Ever the versatile writer, Komal also crafts stories in a more bitesize length. Today she is reading her short piece The Warning and an extract from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
The Warning – Komal Verma
Cities & Desire – Italo Calvino
More about both works after the jump Continue reading
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Tagged komal verma, london, prose, sword and the scion, Two Poems, two tales, two texts, writing
We caught up with the delightfully charming novelist Komal Verma and chatted about master writers, American dramas and her debut fantasy novel, The Sword and the Scion.
To call Komal Verma merely a writer would be pretty inaccurate. A woman of many talents, Komal is a writer, director, accomplished video producer/editor, and much-read film reviewer. Recently we got talking about her up-coming novel, The Sword and the Scion, and couldn’t resist delving deep into the world she has created for the book. All that is to come, but first, we wanted to get to know the hand behind the pen. So, here is our tête-à-tête with Komal Verma.
Read the entire interview after the jump.