Tuesday, 8 September 2009

of book festivals and readings and poetry

Point #1: I need to learn not to make such stupid faces when I read.

Hmmm. Yes.
So, what have I been up to. Well, I went to the last weekend of the Edinburgh Book Festival, which was much fun. We went to see the Terrible Infants at the Fringe, climbed Arthur's seat, went out to dinner with the lovely Vanessa and co. from Fidra Books (I miss them all dearly), and went to see both of Margaret Atwood's events. I'm now the proud owner of a signed, first edition of The Year of the Flood, and a signed first edition of The Robber Bride. This makes me happy :)

Back in London, I'm writing away - lots of poetry at the moment! - and sent off a sample CD to Penned in the Margins the other day. I hope they like me. Fingers crossed. Am also going to go along to Ambit at the Bath House next week, which I'm really looking forward to.

Yesterday I was on BBC Radio Scotland with Pauline McLynn, Rick Gekoski and Roz de la Hey. You can catch it on iplayer if you fancy a listen. I said on radio that I would have THE BOOK finished by Christmas; sometimes I wonder what I've let myself in for. Now I have to have it finished by Christmas. It gives me a kick up the backside, I guess!

A poem of mine called Gambit will be up on Ink, Sweat and Tears in the next few weeks, which is lovely. They do a lot of great work for spoken word events. I'll post a link when it's up. :)

Going to see Tori Amos at the Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday - very very excited!

Back to writing then - Miles is making ginger beer. Yum yum. I also need to stop eating so many wasabi peas... Yes, writing. As I'm at work tomorrow and all weekend selling lovely old books and the wonderful and very talented Daniel is coming to visit for a few days as well :)

How is everyone? xxxx