Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Ness Book Fest '19
I got a bit of welcome news this week. I'm going to be reading an extract from our novel at the Ness Book Fest. This is a pretty awesome book festival held in Inverness, Scotland. Which suits the Highland setting and atmosphere of THE MASH HOUSE perfectly.
I'm no stranger to a book festival reading. Back in the foggy past, I was part of the Margins Festival, a short-lived but fun event in Glasgow. Then, in 2012 I was picked to read as part of the Story Shop line-up at the Ediburgh International Book Festival. This attracted probably the biggest crowd I've ever read to. I performed a short story called 'Next Goal Wins', about two boys out playing football in their street.
About a month or so later, I took part in the Pitch Perfect event at the first ever Bloody Scotland, a crime and horror festival held in Stirling. I pitched a novel to a panel of literary agents. The novel was called 'Interviews with a Murderous Lesbian Cannibal'; surprisingly, it never did get picked up.
And that was probably the last time I gave a reading of my work. It's been a long time. So it's going to be nice to have a nibble at that block of cheese again. I'm only doing a three minute slot, in support of the writer Lucy Foley, at the launch event.
Tickets and details are available here. If you're in the area, please do come along.