telling true stories

Currently Reading…

… The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Dear Life by Alice Munro, My Year in Meats by Ruth Ozeki and Telling True Stories: A NonFiction Guide by Nieman Foundation at Harvard University      

telling true stories

Currently Reading…

… The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Dear Life by Alice Munro, My Year in Meats by Ruth Ozeki and Telling True Stories: A NonFiction Guide by Nieman Foundation at Harvard University      

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Currently Reading…

…What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank by Nathan Englander One of the brilliant things about the Book Festival is the opportunity it allows to discover new writers. Nathan Englander is one such writer for me. He

nathan_englander_news_230x184v2

Currently Reading…

…What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank by Nathan Englander One of the brilliant things about the Book Festival is the opportunity it allows to discover new writers. Nathan Englander is one such writer for me. He

empty-purse

July Budget – the one before the Book Festival

It would be wrong of me to tell you I blew my budget for July by the twelfth day. What would be more accurate is that I snuck up behind my budget and violently pressed a wad of tissues drenched

empty-purse

July Budget – the one before the Book Festival

It would be wrong of me to tell you I blew my budget for July by the twelfth day. What would be more accurate is that I snuck up behind my budget and violently pressed a wad of tissues drenched

Harold Bloom despairs of me

Not a Literary Critic

I’m pretty sure Harold Bloom will insist on my public beheading, but if I had listened to The Brooklyn Follies without knowing the author one of my first guesses would have been Stephen King. There I said it.

Harold Bloom despairs of me

Not a Literary Critic

I’m pretty sure Harold Bloom will insist on my public beheading, but if I had listened to The Brooklyn Follies without knowing the author one of my first guesses would have been Stephen King. There I said it.

sontag

Currently Reading…

…As Consciousness is Harnessed to the Flesh by Susan Sontag …Mapp and Lucia by E.F Benson …What we talk about when we talk about love by Raymond Carver

sontag

Currently Reading…

…As Consciousness is Harnessed to the Flesh by Susan Sontag …Mapp and Lucia by E.F Benson …What we talk about when we talk about love by Raymond Carver

images

Confessions of an Invigilator

After you have counted the left-handed, those wearing glasses, calculated the boys to girls ratio and taken bets on who will be the first to ask for more paper and who will leave early, the only things left to do are

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Confessions of an Invigilator

After you have counted the left-handed, those wearing glasses, calculated the boys to girls ratio and taken bets on who will be the first to ask for more paper and who will leave early, the only things left to do are

beyond black

Currently Listening to…

…Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel.

beyond black

Currently Listening to…

…Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel.

remainder-cover

Just Finished…

…Remainder by Tom McCarthy. This is just brilliant and you should either read or listen to it immediately. What excited me the most was a main character I didn’t like. I had no empathy for him, no sympathy and I

remainder-cover

Just Finished…

…Remainder by Tom McCarthy. This is just brilliant and you should either read or listen to it immediately. What excited me the most was a main character I didn’t like. I had no empathy for him, no sympathy and I

scarp cover

Currently Reading…

…Scarp by Nick Papadimitriou I saw Nick at the Edinburgh Book Festival and it was the link to psychogeography – and the presence of Will Self as the chair – that convinced me to attend his event. Nick is an

scarp cover

Currently Reading…

…Scarp by Nick Papadimitriou I saw Nick at the Edinburgh Book Festival and it was the link to psychogeography – and the presence of Will Self as the chair – that convinced me to attend his event. Nick is an

atlast by Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton is a wonderful artist and I absolutely love this story of the San Francisco Public Library. Keep scrolling down for the whole story. San Francisco Public Library by Wendy MacNaughton

atlast by Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton is a wonderful artist and I absolutely love this story of the San Francisco Public Library. Keep scrolling down for the whole story. San Francisco Public Library by Wendy MacNaughton

the-panopticon

Currently Reading…

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan and Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie. Quite the pairing. Having seen and heard Jenni at a recent Edinburgh Reads event where she was paired with Ewan Morrison and chaired by Stuart Kelly, it was only

the-panopticon

Currently Reading…

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan and Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie. Quite the pairing. Having seen and heard Jenni at a recent Edinburgh Reads event where she was paired with Ewan Morrison and chaired by Stuart Kelly, it was only

therebutforthe

Currently Reading…

…There but for the by Ali Smith You can read the brilliant keynote speech by Ali at this year’s Edinburgh Writer’s Conference from the Style vs Content event via the Guardian.

therebutforthe

Currently Reading…

…There but for the by Ali Smith You can read the brilliant keynote speech by Ali at this year’s Edinburgh Writer’s Conference from the Style vs Content event via the Guardian.

Photo by Ever Dundas

Edinburgh Book Festival

It is not just writers showing their talent at the book festival. The illustrious, multi-coloured, gluten-free Chrisdonia, Scotland’s literary paparazzo is once again official photographer. There are some interesting shots of a grubby man in home-made pants that I want

Photo by Ever Dundas

Edinburgh Book Festival

It is not just writers showing their talent at the book festival. The illustrious, multi-coloured, gluten-free Chrisdonia, Scotland’s literary paparazzo is once again official photographer. There are some interesting shots of a grubby man in home-made pants that I want

Kennedy, AL iii

Interesting and yet bonkers…

It must be nice to look out over a book festival audience and think, “Well, at least this many people have read me. Everyone sitting in front of me has followed where I led, whatever the details of each personal

Kennedy, AL iii

Interesting and yet bonkers…

It must be nice to look out over a book festival audience and think, “Well, at least this many people have read me. Everyone sitting in front of me has followed where I led, whatever the details of each personal

john_burnside_main_1922393f

Currently Reading…

… A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

john_burnside_main_1922393f

Currently Reading…

… A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

Matt by Ever

Matthew Nadelhaft

Owing to some impromptu work that I could not turn down, I missed Matt at the Book Festival today. You can read his brilliant story on the City of Literature site right here.  

Matt by Ever

Matthew Nadelhaft

Owing to some impromptu work that I could not turn down, I missed Matt at the Book Festival today. You can read his brilliant story on the City of Literature site right here.  

Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival 2012

It’s worse than waiting for Christmas, but infinitely more rewarding. The wooden walkways, the yurt, the bookshop, the author sightings, the vastly inflated prices in the cafe. I am always amazed and delighted at the physical transformation of Charlotte Square. Last night

Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival 2012

It’s worse than waiting for Christmas, but infinitely more rewarding. The wooden walkways, the yurt, the bookshop, the author sightings, the vastly inflated prices in the cafe. I am always amazed and delighted at the physical transformation of Charlotte Square. Last night

finkler

Currently Reading…

…The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson…hhmmm

finkler

Currently Reading…

…The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson…hhmmm

seance

Edinburgh Festival – Day 2

I planned to have a lovely recount of the excellent Electric Bookshop, but I was running so late I missed it. Massive failure. I did drive past in time to see Scotland’s own literary paparazzo heading for the washroom, and

seance

Edinburgh Festival – Day 2

I planned to have a lovely recount of the excellent Electric Bookshop, but I was running so late I missed it. Massive failure. I did drive past in time to see Scotland’s own literary paparazzo heading for the washroom, and

Edinburgh Festival – Day 1

Every year I tell myself that next year, next year I will take the month of August off and ‘do’ the festival. It’s finally happened, although the only reason I have August off is because I have no work ergo,

Edinburgh Festival – Day 1

Every year I tell myself that next year, next year I will take the month of August off and ‘do’ the festival. It’s finally happened, although the only reason I have August off is because I have no work ergo,