The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
Truth in Fiction: Introduction | Episode 25

Truth in Fiction: Introduction | Episode 25

How to layer stories with ideas, culture, places, and texts
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Hong Kong Central skyline as seen from Tsim Sha Tsui (photo by the author)
Each week on The Matterhorn podcast, I discuss a way to layer fictions and discover the nuances of truth, using my novel as a catalyst but looking at other works of fiction as well as theory and interdisciplinary ideas. I also spend a little time on places & spaces, as part of a continued discourse on these ideas.
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Today’s episode is an introduction to the new project. See the Table of Contents below for a preview of this season:
A full transcript is accessible at the tab above on the website version.


  • New project! What, when, why

  • How this season extends The Matterhorn’s ongoing conversation

  • A Hong Kong Story / how I write fiction

  • Truth in Fiction — Woolf & Derrida

  • Literary examples of layering

  • Spaces & Places: section of the podcast each week, prompted by this sound —



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The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
The Matterhorn is for writers and curious minds from author and academic Dr. Kathleen Waller.
Each week in this new season, Kathleen shares a chapter of her serialized novels - A Hong Kong Story & An Interpreter in Vienna - and uses it as a catalyst to discuss the layers of literature and how you can use these in your own writing.
The Matterhorn mission is to bring books and texts to life through an interdisciplinary and international approach as well as help writers take risks and create from knowledge.
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