This was exactly the thing that I needed to get back into blogging after the holiday. What a pleasant surprise to come across this Armitage interview by Den of Geek, tweeted via RAnet, this morning. Especially as there were some bits and pieces in there where I really pricked up my ears, especially when my much-loved adopted home, Ireland, is mentioned. Asked about how he got involved in Pilgrimage, Armitage reveals:
That’s good to know – and thank you to the unknown Irish agent! It is probably also why Armitage got involved with the Bridget Cleary story. From the interview it sounds as if there is actually work happening – and the fact that he has mentioned the piece a couple of times lately, also points to the story being developed right now. He says:
I very much like the idea of RA being involved in the development of a project *beyond* his own characters. He has proven on other projects that his method of creating backstories (by way of character diaries) is quite successful, in that it allows him to create a multi-layered character. It would be great to see that applied to a whole body of work.
And of course I am thrilled that his involvement in the Cleary project means that he’ll be shooting in Ireland again.
What I also found interesting in the interview, was Armitage’s reply in relation to his activities as Cybersmile ambassador and how he got involved.
That is the kind of clarification that would have been nice to be had way back in 2016, when there was much discussion about what Richard might or might not mean with his Cybersmile essays… I would have hated the idea that he was telling his
critical fans to shut up – and I never really thought that that censorship is something he believes in. Looks as if he was aiming for passive self-censorship instead: Rather than banning people from writing what they want to write, a suggestion to stop reading what people don’t like to read.
And awwwww, let me highlight this for you again:
This should really come with flashing hearts around it. The fangirl heart has just shattered into a thousand pieces. 😍 New memes, new fantasies, new fan fiction will grow from this, straight as it is from the horse’s mouth. Was he channelling John Porter???
Jokes apart, some interesting insights there on Armitage – never mind that the actual transcript would have benefitted from a bit of editing. I’m all heart, too, now. 😍
Read the whole article HERE.