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Woman power I-rising from the page: In conversation with Marcia Douglas

Loretta Collins Klobah and her students interviewed Marcia Douglas for an in-depth and intriguing discussion around her work and inspirations.

"There is a word in the Akan language, ‘Sankofa,’ which reminds us that in order to move forward, one should go back to the past and retrieve what is found there. This concept very much informed my writing The Marvellous Equations of the Dread. The slave character hanged from the silk cotton tree in 1766, for instance, dies with something left unsaid, something at the tip of his tongue. It is this that sets the events of the narrative in motion, the novel journeying to retrieve his last thought. My writerly imagination wondered, ‘What if this boy left some nugget, however small, that we can hold onto? What if, at the moment of his death, he meant to impart something that might impact our survival as a people?’. These are the sorts of questions about past, present and future, this novel navigates—and the Half Way Tree clock tower, historic crossroads and timekeeping place that it is, is an ideal place to have all of this unfold."

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