Like most people I'd like to contribute something to help the refugees and migrants currently entering Europe.
If you're interested in helping me fund the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Mediterranean, you might like to do it via me. For £50 - a whole WHOLE lot less than I'd usually charge, I'll draw a portrait from your (or your loved one's/dog's/favourite author/whatever's) photo.
I'm ok at portraits: here's my most recent, a drawing of Juliet Jacques for the cover of her forthcoming book, TRANS, A Memoir, published by Verso.
I only have plans to offer one portrait commission right now, so if you'd like me to do this, please email me as soon as possible at badaude at gmail dot com. Your drawing will be around a4 size. You will get the original artwork (I'll add a small charge for postage, according to where you live), plus a jpg file and full rights to use the artwork as your online avatar, book cover, business card whatever... All money received (except postage) will go directly to Medecins Sans Frontieres.
I wrote a hotel story about a dog for Ace Hotel/Visual Editions, along with Zoe Pilger and Will Self (they didn't write about dogs). It's National Dog Day, so I thought I'd put up a link. You can listen to it here.
This is as much for me to keep tabs on things as anything, but if you're curious about my forthcoming books, Vertigo and Hotel, here are a few previews. If you're a reviewer, and would like a look at one, or both of them, please get in touch...
Vertigo: starred review at Kirkus: "sentences that can make your heart stop. A feat of language".
I'll be helping Susana Medina ("a genius" - Deborah Levy) to launch her extraordinary book in London next week, along with writer and translator, Lorna Scott-Fox, followed by a screening of Susana's collaboration with Derek Ogbourne, Leather-Bound Stories.
And Nicole Rudick at The Paris Review: "Her story is wonderful. I loved reading it, but I can’t offer you a link to read it yourself; I can only write about what it’s like to read it."
Shklovsky's Zoo is an event-based publication by Piece of Paper Press. The first edition of 150 copies was given away at the Bookart Bookshop on 10th July 20015. It's not available anywhere else, in any form, online or off.