I posted the above photo of my new Locomocean cinema style lightbox with the words "Make Good Art" on it, and with the following quote from Neil Gaiman's Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012:
These words have given me comfort and the strength to keep going with my #10minsbeforebed project throughout this year of "growth opportunity".
One of the commenters on that instagram post said she'd not heard of Neil before, and asked where to start, and given that instagram doesn't let you post URLs, and this is a question I love to be asked, I figured I'd go old-school, dust of this here blog and write a blog post about it.
So here goes - a quick quite to where to start with Neil Gaiman.
The 'Make Good Art' Speech
The video of the full address is below, and absolutely worth a watch, or if you're not somewhere you can watch a video, click through using the link below the video and you'll find a full transcript which you can read at your leisure.
The Day The Saucers Came
I love this poem beyond the telling of it. I heard it before I read it, at the book tour for Fragile Things, one of several books of short stories and other groups of words, which is also a fine place to start if you want to dip your toe in the Gaiman water without the commitment that goes with reading a novel or long story.
Books for Kids
He's also written a bunch of books for kids, so if you know small people, you can get them started early with:
I could go on and on and on, because he's a) so good and b) so prolific, but I'll just list a few other favourites here, and then stop, because basically, the tl;dr is - start anywhere, then keep going.
Neverwhere - You'll never see London the same again. Was made into a BBC TV series.
Good Omens - Written with Terry Pratchett.
Stardust - Worth hunting down the illustrated version because Charles Vess's artwork is beautiful, but the novel is still good. Was made into a film.