Christopher Edge

Blog posts tagged "Charles+Dickens"

What's the Time? It's Twelve Minutes to Midnight!

Today is a day I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time – the publication day of Twelve Minutes to Midnight! I’m immensely excited about the prospect of going into a bookshop and spotting my book out there in the wilds of the shelves at last. It hardly seems a minute ago when it was just a tiny Word document with a title page, a chapter heading and a handful of words typed inside. Sniff!

Looking back at my notebook where I first scribbled my ideas for Twelve Minutes to Midnight, I was reminded of some of the inspirations which seeped into the pages of the story in strange and unforeseen ways and I thought I'd share some of these with you here.

“I chose next to wander by Bethlehem Hospital … partly, because I had a night fancy in my head which could be best pursued within sight of its walls and dome. And the fancy was this: Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming? Are not all of us outside this hospital, who dream, more or less in the condition of those inside it, every night of our lives?” Charles Dickens

“People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” Neil Gaiman

“Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” Virginia Woolf

“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” H. G. Wells

“The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion” Albert Einstein

“The past is still there, the future has always been here. Every moment that has existed or will ever exist is all part of this giant hyper-moment of space-time.” Alan Moore

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” Winston Churchill


Finally, if Twelve Minutes to Midnight had a theme song, I think it would be the song at the top of this page. Sweet dreams...


What the Dickens?

On Saturday I'm going to be visiting the Oxford Literary Festival for the very first time. Ordinarily this would be enough to make me very excited at the prospect of getting to see and hear a whole host of fabulous authors, illustrators and literary types (this year's line-up features Alan Moore, Axel Scheffler, Christopher Priest, Claire Tomalin, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Josie Long to name just a few!). However, my excitement currently knows no bounds as I'm also going to be appearing at an event myself! 


The event is entitled 'Dickens' Legacy' and I'll be appearing on a panel alongside Philip Pullman, J D Sharpe and Marion Dickens Lloyd to discuss the lasting influence of Charles Dickens' work, particularly on children's literature. I feel incredibly honoured to be invited to be part of this event and, I must admit, just a little nervous too! The venue for the event is the rather grand Sheldonian Theatre and looking at the panaromic pictures of this on the internet, I can't help wishing that I had some of Charles Dickens' theatrical skills to draw on when I step out on the stage.

So if you're anywhere near Oxford at 10am on Saturday 24th April, come along to the Sheldonian Theatre to see if I crack and start to enact the death of Little Nell live on stage! Tickets and further details about the event are available at the Festival Website.