Rick once said he could write a series of books in answer to the all-too-familiar question ‘Where are you from?’ This isn’t that
book, but it is an attempt, by Rick, to come to terms with the question itself. Tales from the Other Box
looks to blend the traditions of minstrel, bard and griot, to paint itself all at once the voice of old soul elder, trickster motif, and the teller of the tale. Concerned with the liminal regions of ethnicity and identity, this collection dances defiantly along the borders existing within individuals, families and wider society, in order to navigate the spaces between received notions of belonging and what it means to be truly at home.