News Roundup: Loads of bits and pieces!

22 May

Whew, been a busy old week on here but we just have space to squeeze in some news, so I’ll stop blathering and get on with it, shall I?

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Following on from last Friday’s conversation piece between Jane Fletcher and Nora Olsen, the concluding part of their blog-hopping chat has been posted at Women & Words. Be sure to get over there before May 24th to be in with a shot at winning a signed (or e-book) copy of Nora’s new novel Swans & Klons.

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UKmeetSquare_zpsb289200bSticking with Women & Words for a moment, Stevie Carroll – a veteran of all four UK GLBTQ Fiction Meets – has been blogging over on W&W about why this summer’s Manchester event (12-14th July) will be absolutely splendid. With tickets selling fast and the date approaching at a rate of knots, now is a good time to find out why you should be signing up for the weekend. Here are three reasons just to kick off with:

  • Thoroughly British organisers, who’ve put together an appropriately British programme in a northern city with a thriving (and world-famous) gay village (aka Canal Street)
  • A small and intimate-feeling event, due to the organisers keeping attendee numbers within limits they are comfortable with
  • Social, workshop, discussion panel and speaker-based elements spread across two rooms to provide a range of ways for readers, reviewers and writers to learn more about their favourite brands of fiction.

I’ll be there with bells on** – will you?

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bold books logoSpeaking of Fests, the UK BSB website recently published the programme for their upcoming Nottingham festival (8-9th June.) You can find details of all the panels and panellists, timings, and event locations over at this link.

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For any prospective authors thinking about publishing their work online but floundering a little when confronted by the numerous available platforms, Niamh Murphy has been weighing their pros and cons over on her blog. If, like me, you are someone who gets confused by all kinds of technology (including the telly remote control), having Niamh do the hard work for you can only be a good thing.

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vgleeVG Lee’s one woman play, The Lady of the Wild West Hill seems to have gone down a storm in Brighton this last week. If you missed the play this time around, she will be performing it again at L-Fest on Friday 19th July. For more information on the festival’s arts line up, head here.

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Over on her personal blog, Stella Duffy has been ruminating on the joys of writing a book (her Stella Duffy, writer, actor14th!) with no contract attached:

This has been sold to no-one and promised to no-one, I hope they’ll all like it. I’m really excited by it and have been since the idea first started bubbling up about 8 years ago. But I didn’t start writing it until last year because there wasn’t time and it wasn’t the right book. The Theodora books were the right books for the last 6 years. This is the right book for now.

Ahh, writing for the love of it; Stella, you are a woman after my own heart.

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Rounding up the news this week with a bit of international flavour for any of our readers who might live Stateside. Nicola Griffith‘s first public reading of Hild will be taking place at McNally Jackson Books in New York city, May 30th at 7pm. For more details, hit this link.

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** It is actually unlikely that I will be wearing bells. I’m taking part in a panel and they would be far too bloody distracting.

6 Responses to “News Roundup: Loads of bits and pieces!”

  1. Beni Gee May 22, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Informative as always Cari 🙂

  2. Stevie Carroll May 23, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    I’ll have to look out for you at the UK Meet! Thanks for linking to my post.

    • Cari Hunter May 23, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      No worries. I’ll be on the “Leave my ‘ou’ alone” panel on the Saturday, come and give me a wave!

      • Stevie Carroll May 23, 2013 at 10:33 am #

        That may clash with my buffet of banter Lesbian Table, but if I don’t manage to drop in, I’ll be quizzing people about it afterwards.

      • Cari Hunter May 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

        No one told me there was going to be a QUIZ! 😉

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