No Cygnet for Sleep: An Introduction
Jivan Ward was first seen on the RRP Blog with his excellent piece ‘Thread‘ that won him the Story of the Month Award in April 2014. You may expect a new edition of ‘No Cygnet for Sleep’ every Sunday Morning, specifically for your literary pleasure.
By Jivan Ward
‘No Cygnet for Sleep’ is a study of voice and stream of consciousness in the contemporary world with the hopes of entertaining you, the reader.
Stream of consciousness has been a major literary device since works like Ulysses by James Joyce and To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. All of which have inspired a whole host of modern classics and contemporary novels like A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride. Eimear McBride’s debut has been an undoubted influence to this piece as well as other authors like Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace.
Voice is an intriguing aspect to literature. Every genre, arc, and story, from articles to film, comes through a filter of voice and perspective. But this does not exclude the voices of extraneous characters and inanimate systems like ‘the media’ and the economy. I believe voice is an expression of everything around us, especially in the arms of technology.
The pointed individuality of a stream of consciousness narrative and the totality of voice are an interesting combination, one of which I felt inspired to capture through the medium of the protagonist. The reader experiences the world that our man sees through a stream of consciousness that could be aptly described as ‘half-baked’. They see the world that our man experiences through his voice and the others that battle for dominance around him. Let us hope his isn’t the only one left screaming.
‘No Cygnet for Sleep’ contains strong language, sexual scenes, drug use, and gore.
Jivan Ward was born and reared in London, where he learnt that there’s more to life than what surrounds you. Stumbling out of a tumultuous passion for music, into the corridors of libraries and the dank recesses of fiction, he began writing poetry and short stories before going to university to study the craft and art of writing. Tit led to tat and he works in retail and is currently writing a novel and running a blog. He believes the internet is a force of neutrality and that the publishing industry should invest more in its authors than its devices.