Marc Nash — Scriggler Interview series



Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight at some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their books.

Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight on some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their published and upcoming books.

Marc Nash

5 Sentences about you.

1) I write books that I can't find out there on the shelves, books that don't follow the norm be it in form, language or many of the assumptions we make about our world.

2) I love language, both its slipperiness and its uncanny ability to make communication far less comprehensible than it should be.

3) I love reading live and always tailor my performance to what I imagine the audience to be, dressing up perhaps, or maybe just the choice of stories on a theme; my performance style draws on the style of slam poetry

4) I collaborate with video designers to turn some of my flash fiction stories into kinetic typography videos, those stories where the DNA of language is not the words but the very alphabetic letters that make up words and which in these videos mutate turning words into different words changing the meaning of the sentences.

5) My ambition is to try and improvise a story, asking a live audience for a theme of genre or character and then making up a story there on the spot from their prompts


5 Sentences about your book.

1) It's my 5th collection of flash fiction, that is stories under 1000 words

2) The stories are arranged around school subjects so that there are stories grouped under 'Physics', 'Modern Languages', 'History', 'Art', etc

3) Several of the stories are unusual in their form, including a boustrophedon, a story where the words form a bas-relief image, one that involves physics equations, a modern take on the zombie myth...

4) The book can be both a quick read, as it's only 34,000 words, but also allows for longer contemplation as some have several layers of meaning to them.

5) Two readers have told me the stories "Echoes" and "Reading For Two" have made them cry

5 Sentences about one of the book's characters.

There's a story about how the human face might look to an alien race trying to describe it.

There's a story about a military sniper who can only view people back in civilian life as if through a crosshairs sight

There's a story about those women who hold aloft the board with the round number during the breaks between rounds at boxing matches, only my character is both a physics undergraduate and a feminist...

There's a story about a junky angel

There's a story from the point of view of a cork notice board and the stories it can tell by the notices pinned up to it


Why do you think people should read it?

I think they will experience the full spectrum of emotions, from tears to laughter and hopefully they will continue to think about some of the stories long after they've finished reading it. Several readers have said there are some stories they want to return to again.

Who is your ideal reader? 

I don't try and prescribe anything for a reader, though I can probably say my work is more likely to appeal to readers who are interested in unconventional narratives and have a love of language. But I always find readers can cope with anything an author throws at them in a book, never underestimate your readers!

Other authors you admire — especially contemporary. Anyone stands out in particular?

The US dominate the type of literature I enjoy. Ben Marcus is my favourite because of what he does with language. But also Jonathan Lethem, Ben Lerner, Blake Butler and of course the peerless Don Delillo. Two European authors I like are Michel Faber and Dubravka Ugresic


How are you approaching the promotion of the book so far?

Blogging, trailers, social media, live readings, book giveaways, approaching book bloggers for reviews. Live readings are my favourite because you get immediate feedback from an audience.

Cover design and editing — who did you use and how was the experience?

Cover design is an integral part of the book itself for me. I collaborate with artists and designers. I let them read the book to prompt ideas as I want them to bring their creative talents to the task so we can have a genuine collaboration. It's often difficult to come up with a unifying image for a collection of unrelated stories as this is, but the concept was already there of stories arranged around a school curriculum. I suggested a timetable and the artist came up with the idea of both the school exercise book and the doodles of a bored student! I always find the collaboration with visual artists very fulfilling as often it can lead to an new insight or way of looking at my own work.


Print or ebook? (both in general and how do you approach this for your book?) 

Both. There are often specific formatting issues as some stories are visual in how they are laid out on the page. With this book you get an extra story in print because it can't be replicated in e-version.


If anyone is interested in doing a review — how should they approach you?

email me at or tweet me @21stCscribe



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