I wrote this for The Guardian.
I'll be celebrating a year of reading writing by women with a panel of fabulous #Readwomen2014 x Five Dials authors - Deborah Levy, Zoe Pilger, Juliet Jacques and Rachel Genn - at Waterstones, Hampstead, on 8th December. There will be readings, talk, and wine. Details are here. Please come, and book soon! I have a feeling tickets will go very quickly...
All good things come to an end (or do they?).
To mark the drawing-to-a-close of a worldwide 'year of reading women', I've designed a new set of bookmarks. A very limited edition of the new bookmarks is for sale, and I'll be using any profits to buy time, and some outside help, to research ways to continue the work of readwomen2014. I don't yet know what form this will take, but I've been talking to people about a possible festival, a writing award... I'll keep you posted. If you've enjoyed this year of reading women, please lend a hand towards celebrating women writers' work in 2015, and beyond.
Here are the new bookmarks.
The bookmarks have been professionally printed on high quality matte 350gsm card and will come to you as a single A4 sheet (six bookmarks). You can cut the sheet up and use the bookmarks to keep your place in a book, or stick it on your wall, or, as I did with the original designs, use the bookmarks (or the sheet) as greetings cards (the back's blank so you can write on it). Dare I say the 'C' word? They'd make a great Christmas present for any booklover.
They cost £10/$16/€13 for a sheet, including postage anywhere in the world. If you'd like more than one sheet, any number of subsequent sheets posted together cost £5/$8/€7 each.
To buy a set, go to Paypal, and send your payment to email@example.com. Please leave a message with your payment confirming the number of sheets you'd like, and the address you'd like them sent to.
(If you are a library, school or university, and would like to print your own #readwomen2014 bookmarks for students or readers, I'm happy to send print-ready files of both sets in return for a small donation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
On 5th November I'll be talking to Marko Sosič, author of Ballerina, Ballerina, about his work.
The event is at the European Book Shop, Warwick Street, London, and I'll be joined by Dalkey authors, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Belgium) & Aka Morchiladze (Georgia), and also Juliet Jacques (New Statesman) and Lucy Popescu (The Independent)Please come. Details here.
I wrote the introduction to Verbivoracious Press's very welcome reissue of Christine Brooke-Rose's excitingly experimental short stories, Go When You See The Green Man Walking (originally published 1970).
"The first story in “Go When You See The Green Man Walking”, “George and the Seraph”, opens with an eye. Someone is looking not through, but onto the eye. “My blue eye, which was myself, blinked again into wavelengths that suddenly rippled with laughter,” and the image vanishes. The speaker is the possessor of the eye, who, as a seraph, is only occasionally embodied, and looks, (from the perspective of what?) simultaneously onto, and through his (her, its?) occasional physical functions. At first it’s quite difficult for the reader to orient her (him?) self in relation to the narrator, and the subjects, and objects he (she? it?) is seeing. “Naturally,” says the seraph, “it’s all an optical illusion. There is nothing here but a large dark vacuum...”
I'll be chairing a panel on exciting new independent book and journal publishing models at Shakespeare & Company, Paris, on Monday 27th October. Panellists will inlcude Harriet Alida Lye of Her Royal Majesty, Samuél L. Barrantes of Inkshares, Johnny Lloyd & Hayden Kays of Dirty Witness, and Will Cox of Belleville Park Pages. It's free, and you might just walk away ready to start your own publishing house... Please come! Info here
I'm very happy to be reading my story from Dalkey's Best European Fiction 2015 (out next month) at Birmingham University this Friday, along with the editor of the collection, West Camel, journalist Rosie Goldsmith, and writer/translator, Donal McLaughlin.
It's a free event and open to all, so if you're in the area, please come - booking details here.
On 19th October at 6.30pm I'll be reading, and talking about short stories with Chris Power, author of The Guardian's essential series, A Brief Survey of The Short Story.
You can find out more, and book tickets, here.
Including writing by Deborah Levy, Zoe Pilger, Juliet Jacques, Molly McCloskey, Anjum Hasan, Masha Tupitsyn, Eliza Granville, Emma Ramadan (on Anne Garréta), a Duras appreciation (Olivia Laing, Cari Luna, Susana Medina, Marina Warner and others), and Sontag's lists, with art by Melanie Amaral, and Christiana Spens.