Anecdotes, jokes, urban myths, tales of horror, boredom, infatuation or even just shopping – almost everybody has a story to tell about something that happened to them in a shopping mall. For example, you may have heard the one about the man who was accidentally locked inside John Lewis for a night and slept in the bedding section; or the one about how an entire mall had to be closed for a day because of something ‘un-hygenic’ that fell out of somebody’s handbag; or the one about the teenager who caught her mum buying lingerie with her lover in Victoria’s Secret. There are stories of love and hate; of how communities have been transformed for the better or completely destroyed by malls.
Tales from the Mall started life as a collection of short stories by myself. Since the research material turned out to be so rich, I’ve decided to expand the project, to create a collection of Scottish ‘mall stories’.
Ewan is an ambitious, contemporary Scottish novelist, but who began as a filmmaker, and who has roamed promiscuously around the image industries before settling down at his laptop to chart the libidinal landscapes of Scotland/UK. Tales From The Mall is a multimedia act of storytelling around modern consumer experience. Everything Ewan does is informed by a very sharp and well-read critical intellect. Worth tracking.