Monday, October 05, 2009

Back to Writing

Other things have been going on, in digital, art and politics, so haven't had much to write about writing. This will be short, but to point out a few goings on.

The ever-excellent night "The Other Room" returns on Wednesday at the Old Abbey Inn. It also showcases the launch of the bumper "final issue" of if P then q . Related to the same event, is the launch of the occasional editions from the intriguely named zimZalla.

One of the more interesting literary blogs is Everyday Genius, which has a monthly guest editor inviting their writing cohort to supply daily doses of "everyday genius." This month its "Everyday" author, and Scarecrow editor Lee Rourke. First three contributions are by Pete Wild, Steve Finbow and Stuart Evers. A little piece by me will also be along in a few days, all being well.

Now its October, the forthcoming launch of "Mostly Truthful", the new online Flax publication at Lancaster Literature festival gets ever closer, and it will be great to return to the Storey Institute, this time as a reader, rather than in the audience. Tickets are free.

Tomorrow night is Booker Prize night, and "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel seems a "shoe in" but of course, the Booker doesn't do shoe-ins. It wouldn't surprise me if one of the lesser known writers on the list, Adam Foulds or Simon Mawer, came in as a surprise winner. Unlike "Sea the Stars", the remarkable horse that has just added the Arc to its Derby and 2000 Guineas, the thoroughbreds of the Booker don't always come first.

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