Wolves had lived in Ireland for 25,000 years but they could not survive their persecution by the humans… An essay on wolves and Wolfstongue at the Honest Ulsterman.
Wolfstongue chat on the In The Reading Corner podcast…
‘[Wolfstongue] has all the makings of a modern classic with its exhilarating mix of ancient fable and contemporary issues… Not since Watership Down have animal dynamics felt so true and the political undertones so live’ – Alex O’Connell, The Times
‘The writing raises this to classic status… Gripping and profound, Wolfstongue may be for children but it is about being human’ – Amanda Craig, New Statesman
A lyrical fable about the power of language and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
“I started writing Wolfstongue for my son, who has speech difficulties and has always loved wolves… I hope the book takes readers on an adventure while also offering them a myth that they may find useful: a myth about how language can trap us or make us free, about the self-doubt we feel when we can’t find the words we need, and about how human stories have power to shape the natural world.”
‘… a conversation emerged that returned on several occasions to the themes of communication and representation, their inevitable failures and the persistent, urgent necessity to pursue some form of apotheosis through language. We talked. We waited. No conclusions.’
David Haughey asked me a lot of in-depth, insightful questions in this interview in the latest edition of The Honest Ulsterman.