I have a story ‘Samsara’ coming out in the wonderfully titled Not So Stories by Abaddon Books, a diverse anthology written “in reaction” to Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.
A spokesperson for Abaddon Books said: “Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories was one of the first true children’s books in the English language, a timeless classic that continues to delight readers to this day. Beautiful, evocative and playful, the stories of ‘How the Whale Got His Throat’ or ‘The First Letter Written’ paint a magical, primal world. It is also deeply rooted in British colonialism. Kipling saw the Empire as a benign, civilising force, and his writing can be troubling to modern readers. Not So Stories attempts to redress the balance, bringing together new and established writers of colour from around the world to take the Just So Stories back; giving voices to cultures that were long deprived them.”
‘With a gorgeous cover by Vegas-based artist Joseph Watson, and interior illustrations by renowned British writer and illustrator Woodrow Phoenix, this is an anthology for those who are conscious of the power behind the stories we tell to both our children and ourselves.”
The anthology will feature stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, Raymond Gates, Zina Hutton, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Mimi Mondal, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Zedeck Siew, Rivers Solomon, Achala Upendran and myself.
Abaddon will publish Not So Stories in April 2018.