Friday, November 16, 2007

Riddle Fence Launch at The Ship Pub

Come Join in the Celebration!

Riddle Fence, a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador literature published in the 20th year of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be launched at The Ship Pub on Solomon's Lane in St. John's, December 3 at 8pm.

Guest readers and musicians to be announced. Copies will be available for purchase.

from Riddle Fence’s editorial:

The title is a term recorded in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. You may know it as wriggle or riddling or wriggling fence; these are all permutations of the same basic element. The phrase has a great music to it — a vibrancy, an impish energy. What’s more, the riddle is one of the oldest forms of literature; it is steeped in a history that reaches back even further than the printed medium, into the oral tradition. But mostly, the title owes its genesis to the fact that I’ve been thinking about fences and boundaries a lot lately in relation to this province. Fences keep things out or keep things in. They bisect land and define territory. I like to think of Newfoundland and Labrador as being constantly stuck between two things, two states — occupying a liminal space. It is partway between the Old World and the New, partway between being a country and a province; it is torn between its storied past (which is both burden and blessing) and the allure of the future; we love the word Newfie/we hate the word Newfie. The people here are border dwellers — lodged between the earth and the sea.

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Rattling Books would like to congratulate Riddle Fence on its successful publication.