Friday, 9 September 2016
Dear pledger-seekers, were you wondering if you'd dreamed pledging for The Wrong Story? It seems a while ago but thank you for your patience. The editorial process is now complete and the publication process is moving forwards and I'll let you know the launch date as soon as I have it.
Meanwhile, I'll be reading extracts from the novel and taking Q&A at various venues as we get closer to the launch. Two are already in the diary - as a proud member of the Unruly Writers I'm excited to be one of the alumni returning to Oxford and Rewley House to read to the second-year MSt students, and equally anticipatory (is that even a word?) to be travelling on to East London to read at the Burley Fisher Bookshop on Kingsland Road, with James Benmore and Bette Adriaanse. As I do more of these readings I'll keep you up to date in case you want to come along.
It has always been part of a prose writer's job to give readings, and not everyone excels at it - or even wants to do it. Wodehouse, famously, when asked to read to his fellow travellers on a trip to the US, lapsed into mumbles and occasional barks of self-congratulation. Henry Green (a writer’s writer’s writer) wrote, 'Prose is not to be read aloud but to oneself alone at night'.
Fair enough, but I like hearing writers read their own words, and I hope you will too.