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Friday, 3 February 2012

SA4QE 2013 is on!

As Russell Hoban fans around the world gear up for the next  SA4QE event on Monday 4th February 2013, participants are advised that this site will no longer be updated with new SA4QE posts. 

This decision has come about because of the amount of work involved for the webmaster in managing the content on

Instead, participants in SA4QE can upload their contributions and post their reports on the official Russell Hoban website, which was launched last September.

Gombert Yawncher, who apparently also goes under the alias of Richard Cooper, has maintained the SA4QE website ever since the inception of the event in 2002. Originally there were only a dozen or so participants, but that number has increased every year. The past couple of years have seen over 30 separate reports being posted to this site, all content-managed by Yawncher over a period of days or even weeks.

Yawncher/Cooper built the website using the Drupal content management system, and users are now able to log on to the site (registration is free) and upload their reports using a web form which magically content-manages everything automatically.

Participants in SA4QE can also tweet their Russell Hoban quotations using the hashtag #sa4qe

This website will continue to exist, as it contains 10 years' worth of quotations from Russell Hoban books and fascinating SA4QE reports and photos from around the world, as well as exclusive content such as transcripts of interviews with Russell Hoban.

Asked for a quote for this article, Cooper/Yawncher said cryptically, "Being is not a steady state but an occulting one: we are all of us a succession of stillnesses blurring into motion with the revolving of the wheel of action, and it is in those spaces of black between the pictures that we experience the heart of the mystery in which we are never allowed to rest."

This post was originally published on 3rd February 2013 and then archived

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