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Teaching with Fantasy: Anthony Eaton, Nightpeople
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  • Author Interview with Introduction

    In this informative and engaging interview with Kim Wilkins (length 28 minutes 26 seconds), Anthony Eaton discusses various aspects of writing his novel, Nightpeople. The interviewer and author are careful to avoid significant spoilers.

  • Sections

    Timing

    Main Topics

    Themes 0:00-8:52
    • Nature of post-apocalyptic world and environmental politics
    • Genesis of story: Andamooka (South Australia) waste dump proposal
    • Solastalgia and anger as a basis for writing fiction: ambitions for fiction
    • Parallels between Darklanders and Indigenous Australians: issues of colonialism and cultural appropriation.
    Worldbuilding for Fantasy 8:52-19:13
    • Using Australian outback for fantasy
    • Influence of The Stone Mage and the Sea by Sean Williams and Judith Wright's poem 'The Bullocky'
    • The 'indifferent landscape' as a basis for creating the magic system
    • Advice for fantasy writers, especially relationship between people / characters and setting
    Storytelling Craft 19:13-28:26
    • Managing epic scope of story and intimate connection to character
    • Maintaining a tight focus and the importance of editing
    • Needs of writer versus needs / pleasures of reader
    • Creating sensory detail, including the use of taste as a starting point

  • Using the Video

    Teachers view the interview during the planning stages of a unit, either based on Nightpeople or on fantasy writing more generally. This viewing will assist in determining a focus for your teaching. Then, during the unit students can then view aspects of the video at relevant moments (see timings above) to clarify aspects of the novel or providing a starting point for further exploration (e.g., searching out examples of techniques raised by Eaton). This video would also be useful for use in a flipped classroom.

  • The Interview

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