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Speak to Strangers

Authors: Gemma Seltzer

Published by Penned in the Margins

ISBN: 9780956546791

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London is a city full of strangers and Gemma Seltzer wants to meet them all. Originally conceived as a daily fiction blog, Speak to Strangers is a funny, provocative and elegant series of one hundred hundred-word stories,which chart a journey across the city through its inhabitants.

“Fantastic, evocative miniature masterpieces.”
Josie Long

“Cryptic, evocative and confessional [...] From moustachioed Millwall supporters to aggressive commuters, make-up sales women, waitresses and countless shopkeepers, Seltzer is concerned less with what’s said than what isn’t; all that underlies the random, perfunctory exchanges that comprise city life. Less like short stories than extended haikus, these prose snapshots are perfect for pondering on the bus or Tube.”
Stephanie Cross, The Lady

“A beautiful book… from a writer in command of her abilities, disseminating seemingly bitesize chunks that speak volumes.”

Gemma Seltzer is a London-based writer and literary blogger. She is interested in charting her creative responses to people and places through interactive web-based projects. Her fiction has been published in .Cent magazine and as part of an exhibition catalogue commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery and ArtSway. She spoke at the 2009 Venice Biennale about the relationship between contemporary art and text. Gemma is the author of Look Up at the Sky, an online activity exploring the peace and the pauses in the city.
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