Journal review – Riptide Vol 8

riptide_volume8From fiction for children to fiction about children. Riptide Volume 8 subtitles itself: a collection of childhood-themed stories for adults, and right from the start it immerses you in a form of nostalgia as rich but indefinable as the moment between dreaming and waking.

Starting with a foreword from Floella Benjamin (a detail which will fire up memories of early days for any readers of my generation), the stories sweep you through moments from the characters lives when they were both extremely vulnerable and capable of anything. Floella sums it up in describing childhood as “that concentrated but half-understood world that children inhabit.”

Through the collection, we encounter dreams of crows, a robot hunter squad, a terrifying glass-cased pike, girls who become ravens. The stories carry us through suburban streets, caravan sites and mysterious islands. And the children in the tales each observe and cope with all of life’s complications in their own unique way. It’s a journey of an anthology in the same way that childhood is a journey – thrilling, at times distressing, and ultimately enlightening. Continue reading