Tuesday, June 30, 2009

De-Cabbage Lemon Monkey Bins

My De-Cabbage Yourself Salt Cyclone Virtual Book Tour has made its fifth stop at Claire’s One Night Stanzas blog. I post a few lines from the first poem I ever wrote (more than enough!), and consider questions on influence, pamphlet publication, blogging and publishers.

I’m taking a half-time break now from the tour (and from this blog), but I’ll be back on Thursday 16th July at Bernardine Evaristo’s Blog.


I’m back from London and my reading at the Lemon Monkey last night with Andrew Philip, Katy Evans-Bush and Yang Lian (also Pascale Petit and Brian Holton translating). I am now totally knackered, but I’ll say that it was a cool venue, the audience seemed into the whole thing, all the readings went very well, and I met plenty of great people at the venue and at the bar afterwards. I bought Yang Lian’s Riding Pisces. We didn’t get to bed until very late and I was up early this morning to catch the train to Edinburgh where I had a meeting this afternoon. I managed to read over half of Selima Hill’s new collection, Fruitcake on the way up. It’s something else…


Got back to find that the bin men have come. The bins along my street have finally been emptied. Cause enough for celebration.

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