A death festival in Sicily (insert obligatory Godfather quote here)

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

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I am so on theme with my non-round-numbers roundup. It's day 201 of crowdfunding THIS PARTY'S DEAD, I have 179 backers and the funding is at 34%. All horrible uneven numbers. In case the title and the enormous video at the top weren't clear, this update will be about my upcoming trip to Palermo, Sicily. On Sunday I will once again be leaving my dog (and husband) for a death festival, this time in…

Vermonty Python

Sunday, 16 September 2018

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Greetings from Vermont, where I am being all lovely and liberal while sitting in a vat of maple syrup. Obviously.

What I'm actually doing is spending a month walking from my room to the food hall to my writing studio at Vermont Studio Center, the largest artist residency in the US. There are 50 of us. We applied, we got in, we write all day, and sometimes we do karaoke. If you're so inclined, you…

It’s not pronounced ‘nipple’

Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Probably didn’t need to tell you that; none of you are Donald Trump, after all.

Hello from Nepal, is what I’m trying to say. 

I'm writing to you from the attic room of a 200-year-old Newari house in the Kathmandu Valley. I’m here for Gai Jatra, my second death festival: it’s a procession of people who’ve lost someone this year, led by a cow. If a cow isn’t available, “a boy dressed as a cow…

A quarter of the way there!

Monday, 16 July 2018

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Hello readers! As you know, I like round numbers, but don't like them to be the boss of me, so here is my 24% update.

Here's what's happening behind the scenes of THIS PARTY'S DEAD:

  • I've just had an article featured at the top of Medium detailing three death movements that are booming in the west, all with strikingly uniform demographics - followers of Santa Muerte are overwhelmingly…

Biscotti, chocolate and dead people (this is how I say hi)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hello supporters!

I was going to do an update when I reached 20%, but then I remembered that pleasing round numbers aren’t the boss of me, so here is my 19% update.

I just want to say thank you SO much for pledging for This Party's Dead, and in return here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits:

☻ Those of you who pledged to have me bake you traditional Sicilian ‘bones of the dead’ biscotti,…

Still funding
35% funded
182 backers