A Small Dark Quiet - the conversation begins!
Sunday, 3 February 2019
A Small Dark Quiet has been out in the world for two months and it’s been wonderful to explore themes at the heart of the novel with such curious, engaged audiences at events. Having the chance to collaborate with fellow unboundersmiths for some of these has opened up the conversation in unexpected ways, drawing out some surprising affinities and allowing stories that might be…
Launch Party for A Small Dark Quiet
Saturday, 3 November 2018
Hello lovely supporters,
I would be delighted if you could join me to celebrate the launch of A Small Dark Quiet on Tuesday, 27th November from 6.30pm at Waterstones Gower Street. RSVP is through the eventbrite link below - it would be wonderful to see you there! Come and raise a glass to the book you've brought to life!
Sunday, 21 October 2018
We are almost there! The edits are complete, the cover design has been drafted, redtrafted, tweaked and finalised and in just a few days A Small Dark Quiet will be sent to press... The supporters list is closing tonight at midnight so now is the last chance to encourage others to pledge or to pledge for someone else a gift.
Here's a sneak preview of the cover - I can't wait…
What a beautiful way to begin...
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
The novel is just six weeks from making its way into the world and the brilliant team at Unbound are casting a discerning eye over the final stages of production: the edits are almost complete, corrected proofs are on their way and the art director is creating the first visuals for the cover design...it's coming together, it's taking shape and none of this would be happening without…
The Editorial Eye
Monday, 9 July 2018
The editoiral eye can be a gift to a writer. Having been immersed in the world of ‘A Small Dark Quiet’ for over three years, moving between living alongside the characters and looking through their eyes, I was really looking forward to a fresh perspective. What I always find so extraordinary is how creative the editing process can be – sometimes even more so than the early…
Bringing a book to life
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Hello fabulous supporters!
You've done it! Yes, thanks to your support A Small Dark Quiet has now reached its funding target and will make its way into the world. It's only because of you - and brave, brilliant Unbound - for believing in this novel that its characters can come to life.
The exploration of loss, migration and the search for belonging has long preocupied my writing but never more…
Words as Music
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Happy new year!
The relationship between music and literature is something I've wanted to explore since my first attempts to build worlds out of words. I've always been able to sense its influence on my writing and recognised it retrospectively - but precisely how and why has always eluded me. Writers are always pushing against the limits of language - compressing, stretching, layering meaning…
Reading as Alchemy
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
While the world and its mistress goes on the annual hunt for french hens and turtle doves I wanted to thank you all for your generousity and support. This couldn't happen without you - and it is happening...we're now 89% funded! Please do keep the conversation going and spread the word if you can. As you'll find out, Arthur's feelings about the most wonderful time of the year aren't exactly unambivalent…
For the curious
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Hello lovely supporters, thanks to you the novel is 79% funded!
I wanted to share another extract in case any of you are keen to read a little more. Anne Cater kindly gave Arthur and Company a home on her excellent blog last week - here's the link, I hope you enjoy it.
If you're curious to know more about the process of writing 'A Small Dark Quiet', the ways in which its themes are connected…
What a gift to start the new year!
Thursday, 21 September 2017
A very warm welcome to those who have pledged since last update, it's wonderful to have your support. The novel is now 67% funded and it's thanks to you that it's getting closer to making its way into the world and into readers' hands.
I was very touched by Meike Ziervogel's response to 'A Small Dark Quiet', truly a gift to start the new year, which I'm delighted to share with you. Meike is the…
By then, summer, it's been...English
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
I’m always tempted to hibernate once the days start getting shorter – let me curl up and read and write till spring. Not quite time for that though, autumn is going to be full of exciting plans to fund ‘A Small Dark Quiet’ and to get the novel that little bit closer to being in your hands. First off is an event I’m doing with my fellow Unboundersmith, Caitlin Davies. Having spent twelve years in…
Saturday, 19 August 2017
A heartfelt thanks to you all. August is a sleepy month but the support for 'A Small Dark Quiet' has been atonishing. It might be a bit premature to start making T-shirts but to see 'A Small Dark Quiet' 52% funded is less than four weeks is fantastic (I do, however, endorse all t-shirt making activity.)
Since you can't meet the characters in 'A Small Dark Quiet' just yet, I thought I'd tell you…
Saturday, 5 August 2017
A stunned and grateful thank you to everyone who has pledged so far - in just 10 days the book is 35% funded. Let's hope we can keep the momentum going so that you can meet the characters who've been keeping me up at night for the past three years. They've been wonderful company, sometimes maddening but always fascinating - I'm already missing them but I can't wait for them to come to life again through…