Jo Gerrard

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What are your favorite lines from your piece featured in The Ginger Collect?

‘There are many things you cannot see that are here…just because your human eyes cannot see something, does not mean it does not exist…your eyes are apertures to a whole universe, if you choose to see it.’

‘Do you ever get the feeling of wanting to go home, but you don’t know where home is, like you don’t belong here?’

 

Who is your most beloved author?

Fiona Macleod (William Sharp).  A Scottish/English writer from the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

I also love Douglas Adams.

 

Do you have a favorite quote from these authors?

‘I have come hither, led by dreams and visions.  I know not why I come, or to what end’ – The Immortal Hour by Fiona Macleod

 

What inspired your piece?

A number of different influences, some more obvious than others.  I’d been listening to Bowie’s ‘Man who sold the world’ album a lot, as well as some Alan Watts lectures; in addition to reigniting a fascination with constellations.  Around the same time I had a vivid dream about how I’d only been in my body for three years, and the memories I had prior to this were false, someone else’s memories, they belonged to the person who was in my body before I was.  This had a profound effect on me, and began to revisit a sort of existential crisis and birthed, ‘Nine’.  Since, a lot of my writing has been straddling this concept in a variety of ways.

 

You can read Jo Gerrard’s pieces in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: Case Nine.