An Introduction to Time.

Written by Lazy Gramophone Press on Wednesday the 30th of January 2013

Time is a vast collaborative book project containing short stories, poems and artwork by fifty-five contributors.

Initially inspired by a discussion on gamebooks, this project has taken over three years to grow into a fully formed book. The importance of collaboration has always been central to Lazy Gramophone Press's ethos, especially the pairing of words and images. This project therefore, is our chance to bring everyone together under one cover, all focused upon the same theme in order to produce a unique portrait of time. 

The stories in this book have been structured around a Central Story. The Central Story is biographical in that it follows the course of a character's life through childhood to adolescence-adulthood and then on into old age.

The other twelve stories in the book have been divided up, four into each of the three phases mentioned above: Childhood, Adolescence-Adulthood and Old Age. 

The four stories in the Childhood phase focus on the theme of childhood and each of their narratives at some point make reference to the Central Story's designated Childhood cross-point:

The protagonist's father is murdered in the middle of a chaotic party . . .

"In the midst of the celebrations, a drunken man (with little in the way of name or, apparently, story) shot and killed my father. They say he died happy, but I am less certain. I never saw it happen, though, for I was long-gone with a two-thirds share of his savings in my bag. They say he was buried in a fine suit. It cannot have been his own.

In this same way, the four stories in the Adolescent-Adulthood phase focus on the theme of Adolescence-Adulthood and each of their narratives at some point make reference to the Central Story's designated Adolescence- Adulthood cross-point:

A travelling circus populated by rogues, thieves and pathetic clowns rolls into town . . .

"My circus travelled the four kingdoms and the thrice-nine lands, bringing joy to those whose lives were so tarnished as to be polished by such a meagre smear of laughter as the pathetic clowns could offer or the dubious wonder of acrobats who were, to be honest, more flexible with the truth than with their bodies.”

The stories within the Old Age phase, as I am sure you will by now have guessed, focus on the theme of Old Age, while again, each of their narratives at some point make reference to the Central Story's designated Old Age cross-point:

A storm brews from nowhere and the ship whose arrival he feared sinks off the coast . . .

"The day my trial was to begin, there was a storm. I watched it brew from nowhere, like the arrival of a whale from the deep. Here's something: the ship sank. She went down with stocks and stores and the judge and all twelve of the jurymen sent to try me. The waves ate them like ship's crackers, without delight or comment but only the necessity of sustenance. I watched them sink. The sea closed over them like history."

The Central Story was written by Tom Hirons and illustrated by Rima Staines. Rima created one illustration per cross-point. The other twelve stories were also created via the pairings of writers with artists. Each writer wrote their story before then handing it over to an illustrator who created the illustrations. 

The anthology also includes three sets of poems, six poems to accompany each phase of the book. Each of these poems has an accompanying illustration, again the result of writer/artist pairings.

We hope you enjoy the book, and thank you for your support.

Lazy Gramophone Press

The Time Project.

1. Time Book Launch Lazy Gramophone Events Page 

2. Time Book Launch Facebook Page

3. View our Clock page (counting down to the release of Time)

4. An introduction to Time

5. Contributors' Five Things Journal Posts:
Adam Green
Bryn Hall
Inua Ellams
Zoe Catherine Kendall
Andrew Walter
Laura Dockrill
Mat Lloyd
Sorana Santos
Will Conway
Hannah Stephenson
Matt Black
Claire Fletcher
Carl Laurence
- Zophiel Webb
Jude Melling
Stacie Withers
Tom Hirons
Megan Leonie Hall
Vincent J Prince
Kaitlin Beckett
Guy J Jackson
Eliza Gregory
Jeannie Paske
Jo Tedds
Maria Drummey
Tom Harris
Liz Adams
Lola Dupre
Kirsty Allison
Alexander Aspinall
Paul Bloom

6. Buy Time from the Lazy Gramophone Shop 

7. Press/Reviews
(Click the links below to read each article in full)

Huffington Post:
'An intriguing book project from one of the most innovative groups of creative people in the city.' ~ Huffington Post

Fabric Magazine:
'...we'll bet you've never seen time as it's portrayed in this stunning new publication.' ~ Fabric Magazine

Rooms Magazine:
'Time is a treasure box brimming with creativity and fresh talent.' ~ Rooms Magazine

Annexe Magazine:
'Lazy Gramophone's anthology, Time, lives up to the high bar it sets for itself.' ~ Annexe Magazine


For more on The Time Project tweet us @lazygramophone or #TheTimeProjectLGP or visit our Time Facebook page.
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