Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

I'll be brief as I'm on the road and very busy, but hopefully will write soon to tell you about going to the V&A in London to see the Bowie exhibition, and visiting Stratford-upon-Avon—Shakespeare's birthplace and grave! I just wanted to put up the panels/interviews I'm hosting at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, … Continue reading Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

Abstract extracts from my travel journal: June to August 2011

This is cross-posted from Southerly, where I've been blogging in December. This post is partly a peek into my process. If you read more of my writing you may notice thoughts, imagery, themes popping up that originated from this trip and my recordings. But I like to think these carefully chosen ‘abstract extracts’ – deliberately taken … Continue reading Abstract extracts from my travel journal: June to August 2011

20 Classics in 2011 #7: Death on Tiptoe by RC Ashby

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? In The Children’s Bookshop in Edinburgh, I discovered a wall of yellow books with purple pinstripes: rediscovered, republished books by women. There were all kinds of stories, but the fact that Death on Tiptoe was … Continue reading 20 Classics in 2011 #7: Death on Tiptoe by RC Ashby

Crime Time! Doors Open by Ian Rankin

Orion, 2008, 9780752890715 (Aus, US/Kindle) Ian Rankin is known for uncovering Edinburgh's underbelly in his Inspector Rebus novels, but a different side again is exposed in Doors Open - the dark streak of rich, bored executives; art lovers; and software engineers in the Scottish capital. Mike Mackenzie is a 37-year-old art collector who is offered … Continue reading Crime Time! Doors Open by Ian Rankin