Joseph Hunter is a fiction writer and postgraduate researcher at the University of Manchester. Originally from the midlands he moved to Manchester for the climate after a decade in London. He writes about masculinity, loss, and nature.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: My dad read the Hobbit to me when I was very young, and followed it up with the Lord of the Rings when he thought I was ready.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.’
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I used to wish I could stop time, and then walk around in the world alone while everybody else was frozen.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: This would change from moment to moment. Right now I’d like to be in a cabin on a Norwegian fjord.
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: My PhD advisors, the writers Ian McGuire and Honor Gavin.
Seen from a boat, approaching the island through cold, choppy, white-flecked seas, the island of Staffa looks like a dense grey forest of rock off the western coast of Scotland. Columns of basalt push up and then flower out into a puffy, cloud-like summit on top of which the plantlife of the island grows, a …