Last Friday (yes, Friday the 13th - heh), I was back on stage after something of a hiatus, performing the brand-new piece I had the pleasure of being invited to create for the European Camarade in collaboration with David Gaffney. We were asked by poet SJ Fowler to contribute to the Manchester leg of the first-ever European Poetry Festival, and it was a blast. Find out more about the event, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, in my piece for Creative Tourist here. Click through to the "Live" tab here on Words & Fixtures to see the film of me and David performing our composite flash fiction piece. And check out the rest of the videos here, on the European Poetry Festival website.
Check out this dynamic cover art for the Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities anthologies, the Manchester version of which is out later this year, edited by Dodo Ink Editorial Director and Minor Literature[s] Senior Editor Thom Cuell, and which I've been asked to contribute to! Lovely, isn't it?
Just before the year of 2017 faded away, I was pleased to find one of my very short stories make its way into an anthology of numbers all started in workshops at the inaugural Flash Fiction Festival, which took place in Bath over a not-so-warm early summer's weekend. My creation - about a trapeze artist, natch - took shape during a session in which micro fiction maestro Vanessa Gebbie provided some rather awkward prompts - but, hey, they worked! More about the festival and the book here, including a link so you can get your mitts on a copy for less than ten of your British pounds.
So, Manchester International Festival is in full swing, and I've managed to snaffle some comps and have had my first MIF 2017 event review published on Manchester Confidential. It was for the world premiere and for-one-night-only concert-come-film Last and First Men, at The Bridgewater Hall; created by Johan Johansson and adapted from the sci-fi novel by Olaf Stapledon. This book, I noted happily, was at the Blackwells pop-up store at bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank (pictured), which I went to yesterday, courtesy the Centre for New Writing. You can read all about what I thought of Last and First Menhere.