It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Ralph Hoyte, author of Christabel Released and Something Needs To Be Done With The Humans.
About Ralph Hoyte:
Ralph is a poet, writer and sound artist from Bristol/England. As a poet, Ralph writes in the first instance for the voice – his, or multiple voices. He has a particular liking for epic poems and ballads, his ‘Christabel Released’, for example – a completion of ST Coleridge’s dark Gothic ballad, ‘Christabel’ – extending to over 3 hours in performance (or a nice long Gothic read on a dark winter’s night in front of a crackling log fire!). As a writer, Ralph goes for the AI jugular in his latest page-turner, ‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’, in which his concern is nothing less than AI and the future of the human race. As a sound artist Ralph generally works with his 3-man collective, Satsymph, to produce mobile immersive media soundscapes accessed through the smartphone.
CHRISTABEL RELEASED is Ralph Hoyte’s completion of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous Gothic ballad, ‘Christabel’. The Bristol/UK-based poet and writer has taken Coleridge’s original fragments and woven them into a coherent narrative poem which rescues the eponymous heroine, Christabel, from her over 200 years of enforced limbo. Christabel Released is just under 1/3 original Coleridge and just over 2/3 Ralph Hoyte. Christabel’s themes are demonic possession and seduction and the resulting destruction of The Old Order. The cast – apart from the lovely lady, Christabel – includes her sire, Sir Leoline of Langdale Hall, his bête noire Geraldine (‘sword-bearer’, from the Germanic), who is a shape-shifting snake demoness; Bracy, Sir Leoline’s bard; and Sir Roland de Vaux of Tryermaine, who may or may not be the snake-lady, Geraldine’s father.