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Scotland, TS Eliot Prize, and some smut.

October 21, 2010

You know, awesome things happen where I live just now. Tonight for instance, I get to listen to some wonderful poets.

Still, it’s hard not to have some yearnings for home when exciting things are happened there too.

First up, today saw the T S Eliot shortlist emerge (via Bookseller):

  • Seeing Stars Simon Armitage (Faber)
  • The Mirabelles Annie Freud (Picador)
  • You John Haynes (Seren)
  • Human Chain Seamus Heaney (Faber)
  • What the Water Gave Me Pascale Petit (Seren)
  • The Wrecking Light Robin Robertson (Picador)
  • Rough Music Fiona Sampson (Carcanet)
  • Phantom Noise Brian Turner (Bloodaxe)
  • White Egrets Derek Walcott (Faber)
  • New Light for the Old Dark Sam Willetts (Jonathan Cape)

Last year I tried to make it my mission to read everything on the TS Eliot shortlist, and failed miserably. Still, I’ll give it a go.

Back in Edinburgh, there are some pretty exciting things afoot, too. Hidden Door Fest 2 occurred this weekend– with some excellent readers including Ryan Van Winkle, Kona MacPhee, Dave Coates and Andrew Philip. But it’s pointless looking to the past, right?

Well, if you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh, get ready for the launch of Ryan Van Winkle’s debut collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here. It launches in Blackwells on South Bridge November 18th. (I’ve had a sneak peek of the book and it is excellent). If you can’t make it, well that sucks for you (and I feel your pain) but Ryan will be hanging out here, in the virtual sense, to talk about the collection soon.

Also, if you’re feeling productive, why not get involved at Forest Publications? Those fine purveyors of the Golden Hour and other literary delights are looking for submissions for 2 upcoming anthologies. The first This Next One Goes Out Too… plans to examine the relationship between literature and music, but get on it because the deadline is 30th October.

The other anthology’s submission deadline is November 15th– ever written anything filthy? I should hope so, and so do Forest Publications. The first installment of ‘Bedtime Stories’ was smutty, sexy and sold out within 2 months. So we’re onto the Second Coming. (Seriously, that’s the title, I can’t take credit for such a pun). Find all the sordid details here.

Seeing Stars Simon Armitage (Faber)
The Mirabelles Annie Freud (Picador)
You John Haynes (Seren)
Human Chain Seamus Heaney (Faber)
What the Water Gave Me Pascale Petit (Seren)
The Wrecking Light Robin Robertson (Picador)
Rough Music Fiona Sampson (Carcanet)
Phantom Noise Brian Turner (Bloodaxe)
White Egrets Derek Walcott (Faber)
New Light for the Old Dark Sam Willetts (Jonathan Cape)
One Comment leave one →
  1. October 23, 2010 9:26 am

    Thanks! We wish you were here too. x r

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