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Tales from the Edge: Illustrated Books

‘This question of whether something is fact or fiction is a reduction of the bookends with which we live our lives’

Walid Raad 106 Infinity Award


"He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of each other like a liquid tapestry of breath-taking complexity; and Iff explained that these were the Streams of Story, that each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale. Different parts of the Ocean contained different sorts of stories, and as all the stories that had ever been told and many others that were still in the process of being invented could be found here, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was in fact the biggest library in the universe. And because the stories were held here in fluid form, they retained the ability to change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories and so become yet other stories; so that unlike a library of books, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was much more like a storeroom of yarns. It was not dead but alive."

Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 1990.p55


'Tales from the Edge' are a series of illustrated books about life and history of the shingle coast. They bring together imagined stories suggested in found textures - wood, rust, flint, fishing nets, flotsam - with short fiction and poetry narratives based on real observations and conversations from life. 


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