‘… not only to be read … to be looked at, and listened to’: thinking about James Kelman through Frankie Gaffney


This week we looked at James Kelman’s How late it was how late and considered the importance of stylistic choices in his text. Kelman clearly engages with a range of challenging and subversive strategies in order to mirror in the visual, aural and intellectual experience of reading (and ‘seeing’) the novel its broader philosophical radicalism.

Have a look here at how novelist and doctoral student at Trinity College Dublin, Frankie Gaffney, explains his writing process and the attention he pays to the nuances of the text: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjDkPPX7tcA

This should be helpful in trying to grapple with Kelman’s fascinating innovations.


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