“Line is about people that live in a queue or line for so long, for multiple generations, that they have forgotten its purpose. The fear of losing their place motivates them…There are rumours swirling around about what is at the top of the line but the biggest drive for people to stay in the Line is that their parents and grandparents sacrifice their lives so that they could inherit their place. It would be almost sacrilege to just renege your place and the sacrifices of your ancestors for your own selfishness”

“Line is about people that live in a queue or line for so long, for multiple generations, that they have forgotten its purpose. The fear of losing their place motivates them…There are rumours swirling around about what is at the top of the line but the biggest drive for people to stay in the Line is that their parents and grandparents sacrifice their lives so that they could inherit their place. It would be almost sacrilege to just renege your place and the sacrifices of your ancestors for your own selfishness”

Big thanks to Maeve Mulrennan for her interview, which you can read over at The Honest Ulsterman – or below. Niall Bourke’s début novel Line will be published by Tramp Press in April 2021. The publishers describe Niall’s new work as high concept speculative...
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