World at One with Martha Kearney

25 August 2011 in Future of Publishing | Comments (0)

I was interviewed by Martha Kearney for the BBC Radio 4 news programme, World at One, last week - Thursday 18 August.  The interview was part of a series of interviews the programme was doing about the future of the book - my interview was preceded by interviews with the agent Andrew Wylie, Victoria Barnsley the CEO of Harper Collins, James Daunt from Daunt Books and Waterstones, and Graham Swift, the writer.  All four of these interviews had been on the gloomy side so I was happy to lend an optimistic note to the discussion.  Plus it was huge fun to go into Television Centre at 8 a.m. - after we recorded the interview, Martha led me through the newsroom where I caught a glimpse of the Today programme being made.

The Fine Art of Basking - National Post group short story

15 August 2011 in Short Stories | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago I was invited to contribute to a group short story, where each writer adds a short section to the story, a kind of progressive/sequential collaboration.  As I was second to contribute, I didn’t have much sense of how the story would turn out.  The National Post published it last week, using the title I suggested, ‘The Fine of Art Basking’, accompanied by author illustrations by Julie McLaughlin.  Have a read - it made me laugh outloud.  Thanks to Books editor Mark Medley for involving me.