Ewan Morrison - Tales from the Mall

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Ewan Morrison - Tales from the Mall

Author's latest project contains pictures from shopping centres

With his latest project, Ewan Morrison is taking snapshots of life from within the walls of our shopping malls. Here, he takes a wander around our Q&A

Can you give us five words to describe Tales from the Mall?
Anecdotes, confessions, myths, underbelly, consumerism.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
Wishing fame on a writer is tantamount to desiring their demise as, invariably, fame cuts them off from the source of their creativity and forces them into the processing factory of literary sausage production.

What do you love about book festivals?
Getting the chance to witness eccentric individuals (who just happen to write books) unleashed on the general public. DBC Pierre and John Banville have been exemplary in this respect in the past.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
David Foster Wallace. It’s tragic that the respect and adoration shown to DFW after his suicide might have been enough to save him had he experienced it when he was still alive.

What would you change about the publishing world?
As an experiment, I’d get publishers and authors to trade places. Give authors salaries and give publishers advances with short-term contracts. As a result, authors would be freed from financial worries and could focus on writing while publishers would get a chance to be ‘creative’.

26 Aug (with Simon Crump), 8.30pm, £10 (£8).

Simon Crump & Ewan Morrison

Author of Swung and Ménage, Ewan Morrison has been busy this year collecting stories about people’s relationship with and experiences in shopping malls. For Tales from the Mall, Morrison has sewn together anecdotes, myths, jokes and incidents to compile a tapestry of urban living. Simon Crump’s Neverland features seventy…

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