Discoverability Challenge

This year, again, thanks to Jo Hall, I committed to increasing discoverability by reading one women author, new to me, per month. For maximum effectiveness I decided to restrict it to living authors. So how did I do? I managed (heh, like it should be difficult or something) to read a book a month butContinue reading “Discoverability Challenge”

A year of Muriel Spark

Back in October I reviewed ‘Appointment in Arezzo’for Polygon’s Berlinn imprint. They must have liked the review because they have sent me the first 4 of Spark’s books which they are reprinting as part of the centenary celebrations of her birth. Let me tell you – these are gorgeous editions and I feel a blogContinue reading “A year of Muriel Spark”

That’s a wrap

Happy Halloween! I succesfully survived October – I did lots of things this month. Showed two films, helped organise Bristol HorrorCon at which I interviewed Kim Newman and organised several panels including the hilarious Celebrity Dead Author Match (if I say so myself – but then the panelists supplied the hilarity) .  helped organise BristolContinue reading “That’s a wrap”

Bristol Festival of Literature Flash Slam

So North Bristol Writers came second. The Flash Slam involves teams of 4 writers  and whoever gets the most points goes into the final. The final is a bit of a double edged sword as it means having to come up with a story on the spot. Here’s the one I read out. We wereContinue reading “Bristol Festival of Literature Flash Slam”

Appointment in Arezzo – Review

Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor “This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century.” Alan Taylor has written a very personal and compelling biography of his friend, the novelist, Muriel Spark. Spark wrote 22 novels which will be coming out from Polygon next year inContinue reading “Appointment in Arezzo – Review”

2084 Review

Unsung Stories ran a wildly successful Kickstarter earlier this year to create an anthology of stories inspired by Orwell’s 1984. I got a sneak preview of the book before receiving my own copy and it’s a delight. From the Kickstarter (follow the link above there’s a bunch of author interviews there that are worth seeing & moreContinue reading “2084 Review”

Convention news

This year I’ll be at 9 Worlds once again – I’m not on any programming so I’ll be mostly hanging around the bar or in the audience. Then I’ll be flying off to Finland for WorldCon I’ll be on two panels  – Thursday Aug 10   10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (1 hour) Where:  Messukeskus – 101c Tags: fantasy literature history HistoricalContinue reading “Convention news”