• Vol. 07
  • Chapter 08

The Fabulist Manifesto

“I used to be a Stuckist but I’m a Fabulist now!”

“A Fabulist mum! Like Aesop.
Aesop’s fables?
I’m finally making use of my English degree.
I’ve made a manifesto.
Here, I’ll read it to you now:

The Fabulist Manifesto.

Find some animals. Translate what they do into human folly.
Rewild your imagination, like George Monbiot or Michaela Strachan.
Most fables are about being careful what you wish for. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
Most fables warn against getting ideas above your station, and that trying to be something you are not is morally bankrupt.
That said, try and behave like an animal to learn more about them, like Charles Foster, or Marcus Coates, or George Galloway.
There are loads of fables in The New Scientist. Tart them up a bit.
Fables are the medium of yesterday; today; and tomorrow.
If you find yourself in an argument, use a fable to make your point. It didn’t help Aesop, they still threw him off a cliff, but he sort of had the last laugh!

That’s pretty much it.
I feel really positive about this new direction.
Look, I’ll have to go, the animals are conspiring. I don’t want to miss anything.
Love to dad and the others. I’ll speak to you soon.”