Why ‘Black Chalk’?

Chalkboard2I’ve been asked by a few people what on earth the title ‘Black Chalk’ means. I’m nervous about ascribing only one meaning to the title or telling people definitively what they MUST think its significance is. But here are a few of the thoughts I had when picking ‘Black Chalk’.

Firstly, and most obviously, the novel is set half in Oxford University, so the reference to a chalkboard felt appropriate. And the theme of the novel is somewhat dark, so ‘Black’ was also apt.

Secondly, the novel contains a poem entitled ‘Black Chalk’ but I don’t want to say too much about that as I don’t want to create a spoiler for my own book.

But personally, and most importantly, the title ‘Black Chalk’ refers to the idea that, were you to write with black chalk on a blackboard, the words would be there, up on the board, but you wouldn’t be able to read them. And for me, this is a metaphor for human emotion, the way in which sometimes we might feel something – anger, tension, contentment – but we don’t necessarily know why. It’s as if a set of instructions have been written, telling us how to feel, but we can’t see the words of those instructions. And if we try to work out them out, we might have no idea what they say or mean.

For example, I’m a very competitive person. I think almost certainly TOO competitive. Why is this? Well, I have a few theories (upbringing, ego, gender) but mainly I think my competitiveness is simply an ineluctable part of my nature. As if somewhere there exists within me a set of instructions telling me how to feel and behave. And I find it very hard to resist these invisible forces that drive me on.

The six main characters in my book – who play a game, a competitive game, a psychological game, a game of human nature – are all driven on by parts of their own character they don’t exactly understand. Itches, tensions, loves, fears, hatreds…

And this is what leads, unfortunately, to the dark consequences that run throughout the story.

18 Comments
  1. I am lucky enough to know exactly why “Black Chalk” and its an almost perfect title! I envy all you people out there who still have the reading experience to come. Such a terrific book.

  2. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger

  3. Roku is a streaming device, which is a reasonable roku setup and other Set-up Box. Roku is a bundle of amusement, where client can stream for boundless motion appears, web arrangement, news, animation and a lot more projects.

  4. Netflix is an American Entertainment Company. It started on August 29, 1997, by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Vally, California. Users can join with our technical support team and can get unlimited downloading of movies, games and get the quick fast from Netflix.
    Now easier to navigate the app — and through a movie, if you know how.
    Generally if you want to fast-forward through a TV show or movie, you have to tap the screen and then drag the time-bar up and hit the skip icons.
    But there’s now a faster way to skip. For more information please click this link
    Netflix Support Number Australia

  5. This article is really amazing. Thanks for the information, keep sharing this type of info.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info,Very nice writeup

  7. These are really enormous ideas in about blogging. You have touched some pleasant factors here.

  8. Your work is just excellent. I really like your work

  9. The Garmin device has advanced and updated features. The regular updates to your Garmin express software would carry out the entire process flawlessly. The recent Garmin updates help in renewing the crucial data inside GPS.

  10. Garmin Nuvi perform excellently if you are keeping upgrading your device. Even Free Garmin Nuvi update serves the purpose.To ensure that your Garmin nuvi has all the latest updates and maps.Many Garmin Nuvi users face difficulties with Garmin map update then experts helps in getting free updates Garmin Nuvi within no time.

  11. If you wish to watch stream FuboTv on your smart TV. If your device fulfils the minimum requirements for FuboTV. The FuboTv connect enter code is active only for five minutes. You must enter the details within five minutes to fuboTv Connect and view FuboTV on your streaming device. One might face trouble while searching for the app because you may not get it easily, and it’s because of your location.

  12. With Ammoandriffles, you don’t need to worry about the process anymore. In this blog post, we will elaborate on how to buy a gun online or how to order a gun online. While both are the same terms, people might get confused between them. So, let’s get started.

  13. The biggest challenges students face these days are submitting papers on time and being able to keep up with their classmates. You’ll get a price estimate right away, so you’ll know how much you’ll have to budget before you even have to commit to the job.

  14. When it comes to FuboTv sign up, many people face technical glitches and other issues. Not just during sign up, they face hindrances during fuboTv Activate Code.It is better to not ignore these hinderance and speak to experienced FuboTv professionals.If you are having any doubt, or facing any issues regarding fuboTv Activate process, then we can stand by your side and provide step by step help.

  15. The end of winters and the advent of summers with a multi-colored sky makes a perfect scenario to explore some best Places to visit in March in India. With India’s tropical climate and the start of the blossom months, the month of March hits India differently. Partnering with an amazingly incredible colorful panorama and annual festivals on the sill, March sets the mark as an important month for traveling in India.

  16. competitiveness is simply an ineluctable part of my nature. As if somewhere there exists within me a set of instructions telling me how to feel and behave.

  17. There are a number of different Types of Attractions that occur in different ways, in different relationships, and for different reasons, it may be social, psychological, and biological. But what is the difference between all of them is the biggest question.

  18. Enjoyed reading your post keep sharing such amazing post will come back to read more.

Leave a Reply