1000 novels everyone
Man Falling is one of very few novels from the past ten
years to make the Guardian's guide
to essential fiction.
the elephant's tale...
...is the title of my new cafe blog about
all the lives - mine and lots of other people's - that mill around
in my favourite writing haunt, the Elephant House cafe in
...is published on 22 May, and
is available in various 3-for-2 style promotions in WHSmiths, Borders
Paperback WHite Man
...is published today.
Books of the year 2006
Sarah Dunant nominates White
Man Falling as one her choices for 2006 book of the year in the
Independent's annual survey of prominent critics and authors.
2006 Goss first novel award
It was great fun to attend the
presentation dinner of this award with the other shortlisted authors
– and a real thrill to hear that my book was the winner. The
£2500 award is part of the Guildford Book Festival, and the
organisers put on a wonderfully well-run evening involving good food
and wine and some excellent recitals from the shortlisted works by
My thanks to everyone involved,
especially the judges chaired by Sarah Dunant, who had to read 82
novels all told – a gruelling commitment.
shore poets reading - Sun 28 March
An evening reading with the Shore Poets on the last
Sunday in March, featuring gritty sonneteer Gordon Dargie, followed
by poet and short- story writer Diana Hendry and finally me. Music, refreshments and the
famous Lemon cake raffle.
£4 (£3), 7.45 p.m., The Lot, 4-6 The Grassmarket,
Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
west port book festival - Thurs 13 August
I'm reading from my work with Gregory Norminton, author of the
enviably well-reviewed novel Serious Things and the recent BBC Radio 4 adaption of Bruce
Chatwin's Utz. The full programme
for this characterful festival is here.
7.30 p.m., Edinburgh Books, 145-147 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP
POETRY ASSOCIATION of
SCOTLAND - Weds
I'll be reading for the Poetry Association of Scotland with poet Helena Nelson, editor of Happenstance Press. Her collections are Starlight On Water,
Mr and Mrs Philpott on Holiday at Auchterawe & Other Poems,
and Unsuitable Poems.
£5 (£3), 7.30 p.m., Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton's Close,
Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT
edinburgh book fringe - Tues 5 Aug
A lunchtime reading from Folly and White Man Falling,
and readings of new work and old favourites from Serious Things
author Gregory Norminton.
Free, 1p.m., Word Power Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson
Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
POETRY AT THE GREAT GROG - Sun 6 June
I'll be reading with poets Kapka Kassabova, Eleanor Livingstone and Jim
Carruth, part of the poetry reading series run by poet and blogger Rob
Free, 8p.m., The Great Grog, 43 Rose Stret, Edinburgh
brief is beautiful - Sat 16 Feb
short stories, short poems
Readings of flash fiction from novelist Gregory Norminton, readings of sonnets by me,
and (concise) musings on the beauty of brevity...
Free, 6p.m., Word Power Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson
Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
gallenzi and stocks - Thu 24 Jan
Myself and Alessandro Gallenzi (founder of Oneworld Classics , author of A Modern
Bestiary / Ars Poetastrica and new head of the legendary Calder
Publications) read each other's poems and translations from Italian
with the help of an actor from the Godot Company.
£6/£4, 7p.m., Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF
READING IN FOYLES - Thurs 25 Oct
Modern Poetry In Translation launches its
latest issues with short readings from poets including Oliver Reynolds,
Mimi Khalvati, Jenny Joseph, Stephanie Norgate and myself.
Free, 6.30p.m., Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London
READING IN PENRITH - Fri 12 Oct
A reading in the renowned Bluebell Bookshop: anecdotes of India, short
readings from White Man Falling, and some of the lighter
sonnets from Folly and Giuseppe Belli. South Indian nibbles
are rumoured to be on the cards...
Free, 7.30p.m., Bluebell Bookshop, Angel Square, Penrith, Cumbria
london Book launch - Mon 28 May
Oneworld Classic launches Sonnets
(original poems by Giuseppe Belli, English versions by me) and Alma
Books launches the paperback of White Man Falling.
There'll be an informal reading of entertaining snippets from both
books, a question-and-answer session, and some refreshments.
Free, 7p.m., Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF
radio 4 - Sat 18 May
Excess Baggage, Radio 4, 10.30a.m –
John McCarthy quizzes me on my British perspective on India and writer
Iqbal Ahmed (A Journey Through Britain) on his Indian
perspective on Britain.
100 poets gathering - Sun 18 March
I'll be among the 100 poets reading one poem each in Scotland's biggest
poetry reading, the 100 Poets Gathering, organised by
the Stanza Poetry Festival in St
Book launch - Thurs 9 November
I'll be doing a reading from
White Man Falling and Folly at 6.15p.m. on Thursday
November 9th at Blackwell's Bookshop in Edinburgh (53-62 South Bridge).
The event is free but ticketed – please
or ring Blackwell's on 0131 622 8222 to reserve tickets. Afterwards
everyone is welcome to come along to a nearby venue for a few drinks.
Review of DOWN DEEP in Sacramento Book Review
Review of WMF in The Guardian
Review of WMF in The Tribune, New Delhi, India
Review of WMF in The Hindu, New
Review of WMF in the Business
Standard, New Delhi, India
Interview about BELLI at The
Review of FOLLY in Other Poetry
Review of BELLI in The New York Sun
Review of BELLI at Textualities.net
Review of BELLI in the Edinburgh Review
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Review of WMF in The Telegraph
Review of WMF at Pulp.net
Review of WMF in The Complete
Review of WMF in the Herald
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Review of WMF in the Literary Review
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Review of WMF in The Spectator
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Review of WMF in the Melbourne Age
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Review of WMF in the New Statesman
Review of WMF in The Times
Interview at the Book Depository