One area within which the creative force of the imagination has energised and enhanced my life has been my involvement with the history and the work of the Symbolist Movement: that group of visual artists and writers operating in the years, roughly 1860 – 1920.

They could hardly claim to be the only imaginative artists that have lived, yet they formed a loosely formed collective that became a movement in which the inner world with its imagination and its ideas provided the fundamental source.

I populated my first novel, The Strange Case of Madeline Seguin, with some of the more extravagant figures from this movement. Though their historical details were preserved as much as could be, they did, of course, act as the stimulus for my own imagination. A collective muse perhaps. To allow and to follow the imagination in this way offers a creative and expressive freedom that makes writing fiction so pleasurable. Then, of course, there is the work to do: the gathering and structuring of the imagination into something that is not just subjective, but that can enter into the transitional space.  

William Rose is a London based author who for many years has had a special interest in both the art of the Symbolist Movement and the early development of psychoanalysis: two areas of cultural purpose that in their own very different ways, aimed to free the human psyche from the limitations of repression. At present he is working on his third novel which will create a loose trilogy with the previous two.