Thursday, 9 June 2016
Women, war, peace and politics
Last Saturday, fellow Unbound authors Alice Jolly (Between the Regions of Kindness & Unbound book Dead Babies and Seaside Towns) and Rachael de Moravia (News from the Home Front) and I met at the fabulous Albion Beatnik Shop in Oxford. Alas, Emma Southon (Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore) couldn't come but we read from her book anyway. It was a wonderful evening and I enjoyed hearing from my fellow authors' work and detecting the links between them - women left behind in times of war, dealing with political reality, and the costs of war and peace.
It was also a delight to see fellow Unbounder Roman Krznaric whose book Carpe Diem Reclaimed has just been full funded and Sally Bailey's The Secret Life of the Diary in the window. Both encouragements that if you keep at the crowdfunding malarkey long enough, eventually the deed is done.
So thanks to my fellow participants and to the fabulous Dennis Harrison for hosting us. The Albion Beatnik Bookshop is a wonderful Oxford treasure and much loved by local readers and writers, which is why it will feature on my literary tour of Oxford which you can join for a pledge of £200 (see what I did there?).
And here I am talking about Echo Hall.