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Nicola Griffith

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Born
in Leeds, Yorkshire, The United Kingdom
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Brilliantly written poetic sagas honed by time and performance.

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Nicola Griffith has won the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies. Her newest novel is Hild. She lives in Seattle with her wife, writer Kelley Eskridge.

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Nicola Griffith That by one estimate women in early 7th-C Britain spent 65% of their time on the production of textiles. Think about: that's more than childcare and…moreThat by one estimate women in early 7th-C Britain spent 65% of their time on the production of textiles. Think about: that's more than childcare and food preparation put together! It completely changed my approach to the book.

Verbs like weave and sow and harvest and rett and scutch and beat and spin and dye, not to mention comb and sew and shear and cut and clean and full took over my world. And made me reimagine the cultural institutions of the time. I mean, if you're spending two-thirds of your life on something, it will be woven into every aspect of your community. (It changed my metaphors, too...)

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Hild isn't lesbian/homosexual. She's bisexual. I doubt they had such terms back then, though. I've seen no evidence that who you did or did…more
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Hild isn't lesbian/homosexual. She's bisexual. I doubt they had such terms back then, though. I've seen no evidence that who you did or did not have sex with defined how women thought of themselves.

Actually, there's no evidence for anything, sexually, in early seventh-century northern Britain. Nothing. No material culture and no text.

I'm guessing that Roman Christians, being Pauline to the core, would have disapproved. Indeed, Breguswith says as much in the book: be careful around the priests. But that was as much about having sex with anyone as having sex with women. Monks and priests like Bede (if we go purely by written evidence) thought women were more holy if they didn't have sex at all; being a virgin was better than being married, for example.

The way I see it, at the time, before widespread conversion to Roman Christianity, no one much cared who you did and didn't have sex with. Sex wasn't a moral issue. All royal women before the founding of nunneries (I think--though I'm wary of the words 'always' and 'never' in any context, never mind a time we know so little about) got married, and that if they then wanted to have sex with other women no one would much care as long as they were discreet. After all, the point of marriage was alliance, household management, and the provision of heirs. Married girls loving other married girls wouldn't have any impact on any of these points.

I talk about that a bit here: http://gemaecca.blogspot.com/2008/08/...

There again, there's this incident from Ireland from the 8th century that makes sex between women sound rather jolly and uncomplicated:
http://gemaecca.blogspot.com/2008/08/...

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ETA: Originally I embedded the chat. Here’s what my edit screen looks like


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But when I publish, it all turns to hell. No idea what the problem is. Any experts out there who know what this is and can fix it?


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Nicola Griffith Hayley wrote: "I just started Master and Commander. I don't attach notes to the books in my 'to read' file because most of the time I don't want to be influenced by the recommendation, review, interview, etc. but..."

I' *delighted* to turn another reader on to the series! Enjoy!


Hayley I just started Master and Commander. I don't attach notes to the books in my 'to read' file because most of the time I don't want to be influenced by the recommendation, review, interview, etc. but last night when I started the book your name came to mind. I just read your essay for NPR on this series and now remember why I put the first of 20(! Really?!)on my reading list. I don't feel influenced because 30 pages in...I'm hooked. And I'm right with you...never would have given this book or subject matter a second glance. Onward, to reading bliss.


Nicola Griffith Karen wrote: "Hi Nicola,
Fabulous to find you here. A few years ago, we chatted over at My Space.
My memoir, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness,
my journey INTO and out of Insanity is now on Amazon and Goodreads wi..."


Hello again. Congrats on the reviews.


message 5: by Karen

Karen Tyrrell Hi Nicola,
Fabulous to find you here. A few years ago, we chatted over at My Space.
My memoir, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness,
my journey INTO and out of Insanity is now on Amazon and Goodreads with 5 Star reviews.
Please check out http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...
cheers,
Karen :)


Nicola Griffith Lettie wrote: "Thanks for the friendship add!"

My pleasure.


Nicola Griffith Elaine wrote: "Nice page. I see you are also a Virgo. I was going to add that I'm probably a lot older, but I can't compare to 0614. If I'm reading that correctly. Hmm, I'm already a fan and a "friend." What else..."

I chose 614 because that's Hild's birth year. But my birthday is 30th Sept.--which makes me a Libra.

The biggest, best thing you can do do is review one of my books, I think. But I'm so new to all this I'm honestly not sure. Thanks for friending and liking.


Elaine Burnes Nice page. I see you are also a Virgo. I was going to add that I'm probably a lot older, but I can't compare to 0614. If I'm reading that correctly. Hmm, I'm already a fan and a "friend." What else can I do...Like, I guess. Will do.
Elaine


Lettie Prell Thanks for the friendship add!


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