We caught up with Carolyne Larrington, Author of “Winter is Coming: the Medieval World of Game of Thrones” in advance of her event at Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival on Friday 27 October at 8.15pm
- This Year’s FaclanTheme is Ultima Thule: a place beyond the borders of the known world or the “unknown”, Tell us a little about how your work relates to this year’s theme.
I have always been fascinated by the North, and the idea of the land beyond the known world, places like Iceland, the Faroes, Greenland and Svalbard, resonates with my work on Old Norse literature and its reflections in modern writing.
- What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lewis?
I hope to see the famous chessmen in their natural habitat – and something of the glorious scenery.
- Where do you go when you want to go “off the Map”?
I aim to visit a new country each year so it could be anywhere. But the North always lures me – and earlier this year I was in the Arctic night in Svalbard at 78 degrees north – in mid-January.
- What was the last book you read?
Hannah Kent, The Good People – about changeling beliefs in pre-modern Ireland.
- Who is your favourite writer?
Too hard to choose! I often re-read Rosamund Lehmann.
- What for you is the easiest and/or the most difficult part of writing?
The most difficult part is stopping myself from writing too early when my ideas aren’t fully formed and thus fixing them in an odd shape. Lots of walking and swimming needed to get the book mapped out. Easiest – coming up with new ideas – there are so many books I’d love to write!
- Do you have any new projects coming up?
I’m writing a book about emotion in Middle English literature, but as soon as the TV show Game of Thrones is finally over, I’ll complete my new book about it: All Men Must Die.