The Ocean at the End of the Lane: Neil Gaiman
Rock star writer Neil Gaiman has a reputation for reinventing genres – and for following his imagination wherever it leads. He’s written everything from journalism to episodes of Doctor Who, fantasy horror for kids (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) to inventive comics for adults (Sandman).
Following his sold-out session at the Wheeler Centre in 2011, Neil discusses his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Here, he offers us a sneak preview of this delicate fable with a decidedly dark edge: at once both elegant and dangerous.
In conversation with Alicia Sometimes, he describes writing his latest work, his scriptwriting for Doctor Who, why he ‘sings like a novelist’ and how journalism influenced his writing. And, to close the session, he reads the poem he wrote for Australia Day at Sydney Opera House.
Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films.
Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio).