It’s been a busy summer so far. Really enjoyed the West Cork Literary Festival – well done to new director Nell Regan for a great first programme – and it was lovely to teach Arvon at Moniack Mhor and use the new hobbit house for workshops. Looking forward to going back when they’re independent too. It was also a pleasure to revisit my old stomping ground at SUISS to teach a masterclass.
I had a fascinating trip around Central Europe courtesy of the wonderful people at Větrné mlýny for the Authors’ Reading Month. There may be documentary evidence on Youtube, which I think I’ll avoid, but the discussions were lively and interesting in each of the cities I visited. Audiences in Ostrava seemed particularly familiar with the Buzzcocks and the Dead Kennedys though . . .
New Writing Scotland 32: Songs From Other Places is on sale now, edited by myself and Gerry Cambridge. It’s a slightly slimmed down volume this year, and we’re very happy with it. Launches in Glasgow and Edinburgh coming up soon!
And Out There, my new anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland, has finally gone to print at Freight Books. It’s available for pre-order here, and there are selections of work that couldn’t be included in the print edition on the LGBT History Month website here. Launch details for that coming soon too, but here’s a pic from a lovely preview we did at Pride House during the Commonwealth Games.
Apart from that, I wrote a short story for a very rainy event for Festival 2014 at Kelvingrove Bandstand – the audience deserved medals – and I’m working away on a new novel, slowly but surely.