Over in the other hat world, Peril is excited to announce that Peril Edition 19 is open for submissions until 5 October on the theme of Elderspeak. As the newly appointed Chief Editor, I’m honoured to invite submissions. AND GO!
This is what we are looking for:
For those unfamiliar with the term, elderspeak is defined as a specialised way of talking that is used by younger people to address older adults, with modifications for shorter sentences, simpler vocabulary, fragments and repetition – a kind of reverse baby talk based on stereotypes about ageing and cognitive abilities.
Is this how you speak to your elders?
For Issue 19, Peril Magazine is interested in prose, poetry and visual art contributions that broadly consider “elderspeak” – who are your elders, how do you communicate with them, what acts of translation take place at an intergenerational level, do your elders speak to you, or are you an elder yourself?
We are curious to hear your creative responses to intergenerational and intercultural encounters be they stories of traffic, engagement, congress, teaching, transmission, incomprehension, trauma or delight.
We ask that you to consider our submissions guidelines and feel free to get in touch if you’re not sure if you meet our requirements.
Do not forget that we’re also looking for occasional bloggers for our Politics and Arts coverage!
In the Peril call out, there is an image of my mother as a young woman, here she is some years later. She is still my indelible ink. It’s hard to know where the lines end. I’m looking forward to knowing who and how you arrived where you are at. Who is inking your skin, who pre-scripted your story, what palimpsest remains.