LAURA GRACE FORD is a London-based artist and writer concerned with the politics and poetics of place.
PRETI TANEJA’s novel We That Are Young is published by Galley Beggar Press. Hotel Stationary, the story of Maria, sister of Sabine, and Is, a hotel bellboy, was begun in London in December 2017, in a hotel notebook found while on tour for the novel. It travelled with her around the world over two and a half years, though the nature of hotel rooms often made it feel like she had stayed completely still. This gave the story its title, its subtitle and its form, and the constraint to keep writing until the notebook ran out of pages. Though the story takes place over a handful of days and nights, it was not finished until early 2020, in a hotel room in New York, just as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. The notebook was full; Preti returned to England to lockdown.
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