Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature/The Big Sausage of Time

It always helps if we have one or two visitors from outer space in our audience, and luckily there were several, cleverly disguised as earthling children.  Author Tracey Turner and I were at Bath’s fifth Festival of Children’s Literature to … Continue reading

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Mugged on a Monday

A week ago today a large fat man squashed me against the cash machine outside a nearby mini-Sainsbury’s in Chalk Farm and tried to nab my bank card.  Not sure what I said to him, I was shaken, but hopefully … Continue reading

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Yesterday to see ceremonial burying of bricks as part of Serena Korda’s Laid to Rest event.  Didn’t spot brick number 402 (see Poetic Dust post).  The bricks were buried in Coram Fields to the sound of the Brick Keepers’ Band.  Ladies … Continue reading

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Famous Bodies

Last friday evening to fascinating Famous Bodies talk at the British Museum, to coincide with the BM’s Treasures of Heaven exhibition.  Marina Warner, Madeleine Bunting and Grayson Perry discussed the fetishisation of celebrity.  Think MW’s pic of a packet of Elvis’s sweat … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Box – Society of Authors/Comica event

Took part in Society of Authors/Comica event last night, organised by the talented and energetic Sarah McIntyre and Paul Gravett.  Sarah’s excellent blog tells all.

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Back from the Far North

Back from the Far North now and missing my little attic room with its two windows facing east (North Sea) and west (towards the Atlantic). En route to Lerwick’s brilliant new (ish) museum last week was so pleased to see … Continue reading

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UK’s most northerly book festival

Day One Two taxis, a train and three planes later – it should have only been two, but there was a ‘technical problem’ –  and I eventually arrived in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, 170 km north of mainland Scotland. … Continue reading

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Comica Social Club

Comic strip enthusiasts’ meeting last night, and if it’s your first time (it was mine), just look for the man in the emerald fez, Peter Stanbury.  Does he wear it at home I wonder? Great talking to people from all sorts of … Continue reading

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Paul Gravett and Shaun Tan

Most excellent evening on tuesday – Paul Gravett interviewed Shaun Tan at Waterstones in Picadilly, and Eric was there too.  I love his peanut suitcase.

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