Elsewhere Journal: Interview with Miles Leeson

Special edition of "The Sea, The Sea" published by Vintage Books in the summer of 2019 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Iris Murdoch. Photo: Beach Books. Special edition of "The Sea, The Sea" published by Vintage Books in the summer of 2019 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Iris Murdoch. Photo: Beach Books.

As a companion piece to the first of our essays by Anna Iltnere about literary seaside houses – Shruff End from The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch – we present an interview with Miles Leeson, lead editor of the Iris Murdoch Review:

“Having lived all my life near to the sea I’m in the same mind as Murdoch; the importance of the sea to mental health and wellbeing, and to freeing the creative part of the mind. Iris Murdoch always wishes in her letters to friends that she could have a cottage by the sea and one wonders why she didn’t as she could have afforded one.”

Miles Leeson, director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester

Interview by Anna Iltnere

What was Iris Murdoch’s relationship with water and with the sea? What the sea meant for her?

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