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Steampunk Literature

November 9th, 2018

My last blog was rather lengthy, so this week I’m going to try to keep it a bit shorter.

As we’re coming up to Remembrance Day on Sunday I’d like to recommend that you have your own few moments of silence and read ‘The Wound In Time’ – a sonnet that Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

She was invited by film director Danny Boyle to write the poem as part of his 14-18 NOW commissioned piece, Pages of the Sea, which will see thousands gathering on beaches as a national gesture of remembrance. I found it very moving – see what you think.

Over the summer, I went to Hebden Bridge – a small, quaint town,near to where I live. It might be small but it punches above its weight when it comes to holding, festivals, markets and arts events. The day we visited, a Steampunk festival was in full swing.  For those unfamiliar with the movement, the dictionary definition says:

“A style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.”

In other words, you get men in waistcoats, bowler hats or long leather flying coats; women in music- hall regalia, but heavy on corsets and goth influence –  all overlaid by a rather sinister effect. (Sorry to the steampunk enthusiasts amongst you who may disagree, but that’s what it looks like to the uninitiated.) Plus there are amazing vehicles – motorbikes and vans that could have come straight off a Mad Max set.

When I got home I started looking into the movement – and how it has developed.  I was amazed to find how many events are held each year up and down the country and what a market there is for clothes, props and literature.

If , like me, you’d like to know more about this genre then have a look at The Nine Novels That Defined Steampunk by Johnathan Greyshade and then check out what’s  currently on offer on Amazon. There does seem to be overlap with both sci-fi and fantasy.

And if you’re already into writing Steampunk , there’s a growing market for you out there. Just make sure you do your research properly and let your target audience have what they’re looking for.

Author: Diana Nadin

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