The Memory Palace: Telling the Story of the Interior

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This book chapter originated as an invited keynote paper at the Interior Educators 'Interior Futures 'conference at Northumbria University in 2011. The paper was blind peer revwied for publication.

The content of the paper represents a process of reflection on my practice as a writer and the designer of narrative structures and building stories, and in it, for the first time, I was able to articulate the relationship between the narrative structures of my first book 'The Secret Lives of Buildings' and my second 'The Memory Palace', explsoring how literary and spatial form can model one another.

My invitation to speak at Interior Futures, the inaugural research conference of Interior Edcators, the UK wide interiors academic forum, is also the result of my role in the foundation of the Interiors Forum Scotland, which predated its UK wide successor by several years, and provided a model for this conference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterior Education Futures
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Insights
EditorsPaul Rodgers, Roderick Adams
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherLibri Books
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978 1 907471 52 0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
EventInterior Futures - Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Mar 20115 Mar 2011


ConferenceInterior Futures
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • interiors, theory, narrative


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