16 October 2010 - Whistler Readers and Writers Festival
I’m really looking forward to appearing at the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 16 October. I’ll be on a couple of panels during the day, followed by a group reading in the evening. I have a family connection to Whistler and have visited a couple of times before, though never in October. Really looking forward to breathing some of that west coast mountain air.
Whistler Readers and Writers Festival 2010
28 June 2010 Ip-Art Short Story Award Event
In Ipswich on 28 June I’ll be announcing the winner of the Ip-Art Short Story competition. I’ve written a story myself for Ip-Art: stories must be under 500 words, and on the theme of ‘wire’. I’m looking forward to heading up to Ipswich and to reading the shortlist of 12 stories.
Ip-Art Short Story Award
18 June 2010 - Book Summit - Hot New Models
On 18 June, 2010, I’ll be speaking at Toronto’s Book Summit - Hot New Models: The Amazing Transformation of Business and Culture in the World of Books. This is a day with a fabulously packed schedule and a long list of interesting speakers. I’m on during the final panel, accompanied by my agent Anne McDermid. I’m looking forward to it.
24 April 2010 - Cuirt International Literary Festival - Galway
Saturday 24 April I’ll be on stage with a gang of fellow Canadians, representing IFOA, at the Cuirt International Literary Festival in Galway. I’ll be reading and talking with Helen Humphries, Lawrence Hill, and Dionne Brand. Very much looking forward to this event - the programme for the Festival is fabulous and I wish I could be there for more than just my event.
Cuirt International Literary Festival
23 April 2010 - Teaching Digital Writing
After our hugely successful one-day free conference on Transliteracy in February, Sue Thomas and I will be co-hosting, with the English Subject Centre, another one-day free conference on the subject of Teaching Digital Writing.
Speakers include myself and Sue, as well as the marvellous Tim Wright, the wonderful Ruth Page, and the fabulous Head of Digital Publishing at Faber & Faber, Henry Volans.
This will be a smaller event than our Transliteracy Day, and it will provide a chance to get to grips with issues around English Literature and Digital Literature. Phoenix Square proved itself to be a stellar venue for events of this kind, and I’m looking forward to 23 April - register now and come along on the day.
Mini Book Tour in Canada
I’m doing a series of readings this week in Canada, starting tomorrow night in Canmore Alberta before moving onto Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. If you come along please make sure to introduce yourself afterwards.
Tuesday 23 Feb, Canmore Alberta, Cafe Books, 7:00
Wednesday 24 Feb, Calgary Alberta, Calgary Memorial Park Library, 7:00
Thursday 25 Feb, Montreal Quebec, Jewish Public Library, 5:30
Friday 26 Feb, Toronto Ontario, Toronto Reference Library, 12:30
I’m really looking forward to my trip to the Banff Writers’ Centre for In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge, A Gathering. More here.
Banff is close to where I was born in the West Kootenays; we used to visit Banff fairly often when I was a kid. I’ve only been back once as an adult, and I’ve never been to the Writers Centre, so I’m hugely excited about this event. The list of attendees is fabulous; for me it is a mix of a friends, acquaintances, and lots of new people. The programme looks great. After the conference, I’ll be staying on in Banff for a few days to run workshop sessions. And after that I’ll be heading off on my mini-book tour, making sure my carbon footprint resembles that of the friendly giant.
I’m so looking forward to heading back to Canada after all the excitement of last November.
Tapping the Trend
I’m going to be doing an event at the Free Word Centre in London on 13 Feb, in association with Spread the Word, and the Literary Consultancy.
“Internet and digital technology are transforming – some would say decimating – traditional publishing, whilst online ‘arenas’ are offering writers new ways of creating literature and new routes for reaching audiences. How do writers orientate themselves in this changing landscape? Is the democracy of online publication flattening out editorial standards and jeopardising quality (not to mention the economics of it all)? Does this mean only losers publish on the net?
In a panel chaired by Guardian Books’ Editor Claire Armitstead and including Canongate Books’ digital editor Dan Franklin, Sara Lloyd from Macmillan Publishers and Jason Pegler from Chipmunka Publishing, this event will bring you up to date with the latest thinking. In addition, examples of digital work by Kate Pullinger and commissions by Spread the Word, Open Notebooks and the 24 Hour Book will be on display. The writers will tell us how they used the internet to produce new work and how it has informed their creative practice”
Saturday 13 February
1pm – 5.45pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Transliteracy Conference Day
Registration is going extremely well for our Transliteracy Conference Day on 9 Feb. Sign up now, before it’s too late! Great list of delegates already. Hope to see you at Phoenix Square.