Middlesbrough Literary Festival
Doing a talk at the Middlesbrough Literary Festival, next Tuesday 19th June. Among other things, they want a reading. I was thinking ‘Wide-Angle Lens’ (starting at the bottom of page 66). Any other suggestions?
They asked me to speak about writing and publishing the book. It’ll be the first time I’ll describe that rollercoaster in its entirety, and I have plenty of things to say. Expect lots of emotional anecdotes.
I attach the page about me.
Review from Frankfurt
As to how this fellow got hold of The Jolly Pilgrim – I have no idea (which is a good sign). Such are the marvels of civilisation’s global-fibre-optic-node brain. He wrote a very interesting review, flagging up lots of the book’s subtexts. I loved the phrase “symphony of bubbles” and will probably plagiarise it at some point
Cycling active, serialisation part 2
Want to cycle across a continent? Never cycle in the dark, clean yourself every day and don’t be concerned by angry farmers (it’s a myth). Be nice to them; they’ll be nice to you.
Article on gap years and human progress (in The Actuarial Post)
This is now online, as opposed to just in the magazine’s PDF version … “we’re so aghast at the situations in Afghanistan and Sudan because standards have risen so precipitously – such semi-anarchy was the norm until a few centuries ago.”
“When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.” - Philippe Petit, circus performer, and the man who, in 1974, tightrope-walked between the towers of the World Trade Centre