A Continent Called the Imagination

Well, I suppose that one can only make comments like this off the cuff when one is Clive Barker.

As a fan of comics and “genre” fiction, especially fantasy, I found Barker’s short speech inspiring.

I am proud that we are gathered in the name of that concern and I am angry that we still have to fight for a pissy little piece of review space in The Sunday fucking Times and I think, as of this conversation, I don’t want to hear genre – we’re not genre!…Let’s start to look at ourselves and let’s stop characterising ourselves as a besieged minority: we are connected by an umbilical cord which is unbreakable to every huge movement in the workings of theology and philosophy – the labours of the imagination as far back as we know how to look.

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