Tangled Roots book launch

And some non-Something Rhymed news too…

Book launch invitation:

Tangled Roots: true-life tales of mixed and multi-racial families in Yorkshire

You are invited to the launch of the TANGLED ROOTS anthology of true stories by mixed raced people and their families. For launch night only, the book will be available to buy at £8 – 20% off the cover price.

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014

Drinks reception: 6pm – FREE

Performance by Tangled Roots writers: 7pm – FREE with a copy of the book, £4 without

Venue: The Café Bar, Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, LS7 3PD

Please join us for a drink, to buy the book, and to hear some of the great stories unearthed by the project.

Something Rhymed: guest post for Women Writers, Women[‘s] Books and interview with Read Me Something You Love

Ever since we launched Something Rhymed at the start of the year, Emma Claire Sweeney and I have been kept happily busy with research, monthly activities and weekly updates for our website. Throughout 2014, we will be profiling the literary friendships of well-known female authors, so if you have any ideas about famous writer pals we could consider, do please keep those recommendations coming in.

Weve written a few one-off feature articles about the project too, most recently for Women Writers, Women[’s] Books, and this month we’ve also recorded a podcast – a new experience for us.

Me listening to Emma Claire's reading of Virginia Woolf
Me listening to Emma Claire’s reading of Virginia Woolf

We were already fans of Read Me Something You Love, so when Steve Wasserman asked us to record an interview with him, based around the writer friends we profiled on Something Rhymed in January, we jumped at the chance. Emma Claire read (and deftly defended) a section from Virginia Woolfs Mrs Dalloway and I read the opening of ‘The Garden Party’, one of my favourite short stories ever since I first encountered it.

We both had lots of fun doing the interview and, perhaps partly because it was a joint interview, I actually enjoyed reliving it via the recording – which hasn’t always been my experience when I’ve listened to myself again in the past!

Showcase and Yeovil Literary Prize short-listing

It’s been a busy couple of months since I last posted any news on this blog. Two recent pleasures for me were being involved with the New Writing Showcase by Novel Studio students at City University London, and making the shortlist for the Yeovil Literary Prize, judged this year by Tracy Chevalier.

Whilst I’m used to reading my own work in public, I’d never compered a readings event before the Novel Studio showcase, but I was helped by the fact that the students’ work was of such a good standard. The audience of family, friends and industry professionals all seemed to really enjoy the evening.

As for the short-listing – in the novel category, with my first book A Tiny Speck of Black and then Nothing – I’m obviously thrilled. I look forward to finding out the final results when they are announced.

Literary Death Match pugilist

I had an amazing time last night taking part in Literary Death Match, London, Episode 27. I was there representing Untitled Books, who recently published the short story from which I read an extract. It was a real pleasure to share the stage with Polly Courtney, Jonathan Lee and Benjamin Wood, who all read fantastic pieces.

The evening’s finale between the literary round winners (Jonathan and me) was a bizarre game of anagrams that involved moving around card-clutching volunteers from the audience so that they spelled out the names of famous authors. Jonathan – clearly much better at puzzles than me – was a deserving winner. I was happy to finish as runner-up.

I enjoyed meeting all of the night’s readers as well as the judges, Dr Brown, Rich Fulcher and Katy Guest, and the fantastic Literary Death Match team.