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Jade Gibson reveals she is working on a sequel to Glowfly Dance

Glowfly DanceJade Gibson chatted to Sue Grant-Marshall recently about Glowfly Dance.

Gibson holds a doctorate in anthropology, with an academic background in biomedical science and fine art. Glowfly Dance is her debut novel and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Virginia Prize for Fiction. It tells the story of an abusive stepfather, told through the eyes of a child.

Chatting to Grant-Marshall, Gibson says the book is her “life’s work”, and reveals that much of it is autobiographical. Gibson also reveals that she is working on a sequel “at her publisher’s insistence”.

Halfway through our interview, Gibson reveals that she is Mai, and has been writing this book since she was eight years old. “It’s a form of release. When people ask about my past, I find it almost impossible to relate so complex a matter. Maybe by putting readers into the body of this girl, so they can feel what she feels, they will understand her experience.”

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