Wednesday, 28 March 2012


                                                             HELLO PAPERBACK!

It is publication day of the UK paperback for 'The Coward's Tale', and it is the start of a long celebration. It's been a long journey too, and this is some sort of journey's end, so let's raise a glass to lots of hard work and a little luck along the way.
Friends both old and new have been very kind and offered to help the party along - so let's start the life of the paperback with a visit today to three fab blogs, to kick-start an online tour.
CLAIRE KING, whose own debut novel 'The Night Rainbow'comes out with Bloomsbury next February: Claire has persuaded the lovely Tram-Anh Doan, Paperback Editor for Bloomsbury, to join us in a natter about the process of paperback publication. And we have a very unusual treat - a chance to look at the rejected cover images for the book, and find out what I thought of them, (I hadn't seen them before...!).
TANIA HERSHMAN whose forthcoming flash fiction collection has everyone on the edge of their seats in anticipation... She asked me A Question of Place. Where does the writer live - and does that impinge on what she writes?
SARA CROWLEY Talented short story writer, novelist in the making, bookseller and certainly candidate for the most superb Mum on the planet. We talked about The writing of a ‘modern classic’. Dylan Thomas, David Jones, toffees, and tea with Obama.

 The rest of the schedule is as follows:
 30 March
  SYLVIA PETTER: The creative process, use of the senses, especially scents
  ALEXA RADCLIFFE-HART SERVICES TO LITERATURE Meta-narratives, the dialect/voice, stories versus novel, and creating real emotion in the reader,
 31 March
  NETTIE THOMPSON My publishing journey, creating a catchphrase! The amazing musical map.
  JON PINNOCK Review, recycling one’s work and more
 1st April
  SALLY ZIGMOND: April Foolishness - A bit of sex, and why not?
 2 April
  VICTORIA WATSON Ten things working on The Coward’s Tale taught me.
 4 April
  NUALA NI CHONCHUIR Naming, landscape, language...
 5 April
  TERESA STENSON A Letter to myself starting out as a writer in 2002 .
 6 April
  JEN CAMPBELL General chat about writing, poetry, the writer/publisher relationship in two lines (!), 10 April
  ELIZABETH BAINES Fuel for stories, the knotty issue of rewriting, to plot or not and a bit of philosophy?
 11 April
  CHARLES LAMBERT Same-sex relationships and the elusive question of human happiness. Judah Jones and The Window-Cleaner’s Tale.
 12 April
  TOM VOWLER On character
 13 April CHELSEY FLOOD Review and interview
 Date TBA Five questions with Sarah Salway.

Also, the entertainment doesn't stop there!

It is 2012, and it is Bloomsbury's Year of the Short Story. I'd like to join in - I'm far better known as a short story writer than a novelist, and anyway, 'The Coward's Tale' is all about the power of story to transform, heal, illuminate.  So - I was invited to record my favourite short story for the wonderful website Read me Something You Love.  And I did just that, aided and abetted by Steve Wasserman and his travelling recording studio - I read The Ledge, by Lawrence Sargeant Hall.  It is long, so he has edited it into two recordings, interspersed with natter and chat - but do take a chance - it really is something you'll not forget easily.

1 comment:

  1. Yay, yay, yay! Huge congrats! But didn't we say you'd drop by mine sometime, too. If you want to, the door is always open and the hob nobs are in the tin. xo