News Roundup: New Interview with Clare Ashton, Binding Devotion reviewed, States of Independence, & Get your pitch ready for BSB in Nottingham

25 Mar

clareashtonOur very own Clare Ashton has been interviewed for the blog Hannah’s Nook. This illuminating Q&A sees Clare answering questions about her novels, influences, lesbian literature in a more general sense, and what it means to be a British writer in a niche market largely dominated by American publishers. You can read the full interview here.

Meanwhile, over on the Planet of the Books blog they’ve been reviewing Kiki Archer‘s Binding Devotion:

“This book explores what things that look perfect from the outside, might actually feel like from the inside. Conviction, passion, temptation, desire and great sex scenes to boot. The story is gripping and the characters are easily imaginable within the London LGBT community.”

Read the full review on their website.

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Safely back from a wild camping trip (in this weather?!), Andrea Bramhall has been blogging about the recent States of Independence literary festival, and giving some hints as to what her upcoming novels will be about. At the festival, Andrea and Bold Strokes editor, Victoria Oldham, participated in a debate on LGBTQ literature and whether there is still a need for it, where the “argument about labelling oneself a lesbian writer or a writer who is also a lesbian was definitely a hot topic.”

Answers to that vexing question on a postcard please, or you could just go and read the full write-up here at Andrea’s site. The sneak peek of Nightingale and Swordfish – her novels in progress – can be found here.

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Speaking of Bold Strokes Books and the lovely Ms Oldham: the forthcoming Bold Strokes UK Fest to be held in Nottingham in June (see events page) will now include an opportunity for budding authors to put their best pitch forward to Victoria:

“In other news, for the first time we’ll be hearing pitches at the event. This means you have the chance to sit down with me for ten minutes and tell me about your book – beginning, middle and end. Convince me it’s compelling, and leave me with a single page synopsis and your contact details. If you’re interested in pitching, get in touch and let me know, and I’ll add you to the sign up sheet.”

So, you all have, what? Two and a half months to get your pitches polished, your synopses sparkling, and your bios buffed. That’s loads of time! And I think Vic likes chocolate (and if she doesn’t, then I’ll be waiting outside the Pitching Room and I certainly do!)

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2 Responses to “News Roundup: New Interview with Clare Ashton, Binding Devotion reviewed, States of Independence, & Get your pitch ready for BSB in Nottingham”

  1. Hannah March 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you for the shout-out!

    • Cari Hunter March 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      You’re welcome, Hannah, it’s a lovely interview.

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