At the Shorelines festival on Sunday, I read the opening page of what will be my third novel, The Right Place (working title).
Now that this has been done, I have made the text available on THE RIGHT PLACE PAGE on this very website.
Now I am going to forget all about The Right Place for a little while and concentrate my efforts on finishing off the first draft of THE BOOK OF THOTH (and doing a blog about the festival...).
Phew! Shorelines is now over, and I really had four great days, both as a member of the crew and artist.
Yesterday, the reading was nerve-racking but absolutely worth it.
It is going to take me a while to sort out the photos and put together a blog - which is bound to be rather long as there were so many things happening - but I should be able to post a report of the event by the middle/end of the week.
Thank you to everyone at Metal and Rachel Lichtenstein for putting our little corner of the South-East on the literary map. Shorelines is a unique festival! In the bookshop, I Am a Muse was in very good company!
I now have two free weeks to try and finish off the first draft of The Book of Thoth before a big job falls on my desk and requires my full attention!
My posh, brand new double-sided flyers have arrived just on time for Shorelines!
Thank you Matt ArtPix for the design work!
So the Shorelines festival is this weekend (Friday 8th-Sunday 10th November...)
I will be working at the festival as a volunteer and hope to see as many things as possible - and take notes and photos for this blog!
On Sunday 10th November, I will be reading the first pages of my third novel, The Right Thing, which will be published in 2016 - it is at the research stage at the moment and will be for the forthcoming year!
There will be copies of I Am a Muse for sale in the bookshop the whole weekend - at a special festival price! - and I hope to have my brand new flyers ready for the event!
The two acts below would be absolutely perfect for The Pleasure Gardens, the eccentric club night featured in my first novel, I Am a Muse. Its founder, Constance Blackwell, wouldn't rest until she had secured Rasputina and Jo Quail for her next event!
Legendary "cello-rock" band Rasputina were in town last Wednesday, and there was NO WAY I was going to miss this event! Led by the incredibly charismatic Melora Creager, Rasputina have been a huge influence on trends such as Modern Victorians, Steampunk and Freak Folk and are championing DIY, art-school values and work ethic. Rasputina are cultured, alternative, highly original and absolutely unique.
Heavily influenced by history - social, cultural and in a wider sense - Rasputina's body of work is made of fascinating, vivid storytelling and fantastic melodies.
Seeing them play live is a thrilling experience: Melora's voice is incredibly versatile and clear; she is one with her instrument which obeys her every whim. Daniel is a real virtuoso and his cello rocks harder than any guitar in the land; Dawn's drumming is tribal and occult. The audience was enthralled, understandably.
Here's a video of Rasputina performing 1816: The Year Without a Summer
I was also simply blown away by the support act: Jo Quail.
An extremely talented - and in demand - professional cellist, Jo writes, records and performs instrumental music that encompasses a wide range of genres.
A virtuoso classical musician, she also has one foot firmly planted in the alternative scene(s). Her beautiful compositions are haunting and haunted, mysterious, with a dash of the occult; classical mixes with dark folk and industrial to create intriguing, bewitching soundscapes.
I have been looking for the perfect music to accompany The Book of Thoth, my second novel - I always have one or two tracks to use as the soundtrack to one particular story.
I think I have found them!
I particularly love this track, Jhanoem The Witch 4.
It's been a bit quiet on this blog, I know, but it doesn't mean that nothing has been happening!
Some more freelance work has come to disturb a happily creative flow - I have only managed a modest 2,000 words in about a month on The Book of Thoth! and I have been juggling that with my preparations for the Shorelines festival. I've had to create a powerpoint presentation and try and get the timing right so the pictures correspond to each particular section of my reading...
I might get it right, I might get it wrong... At least I'd tried!
I have also been to a fantastic, inspiring gig this week, more about it on here this weekend, when I have downloaded the pictures (hopefully there are a few I can use...).
Next week is going to be stupidly busy: I have volunteered to work for the Shorelines festival as well as doing my reading, which means that I will be spending four whole days at the Leigh Community Centre surrounded by people... It's going to be a challenging time for me, I am so used to doing my thing on my own in my study!
I will have a notebook and pens as well as my camera, and I intend to write an "insider" report of the festival on this very blog...
I am very pleased to be able to see the "behind the scenes" of this very innovative literary festival...
I'll probably need a whole week to recover!
I can't deny that I am very, very nervous about getting so far out of my comfort zone...
And here's a little Bjork video to illustrate this post...
You know it makes sense!
I think therefore I write.
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