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19/01/09
1000 novels everyone must read

White Man Falling is one of very few novels from the past ten years to make the Guardian's guide to essential fiction.

 15/12/08
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 Edinburgh.

15/05/08
DOWN DEEP
...

...is published on 22 May, and is available in various 3-for-2 style promotions in WHSmiths, Borders and Waterstones.

27/04/07
Paperback WHite Man Falling...

...is published today.

26/12/06
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.

23/10/06
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 actors.

My thanks to everyone involved, especially the judges chaired by Sarah Dunant, who had to read 82 novels all told – a gruelling commitment.










 



28/03/10
shore poets readingSun 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.
DETAILS
£4 (£3), 7.45 p.m., The Lot, 4-6 The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU


13/08/09

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.
DETAILS
7.30 p.m., Edinburgh Books, 145-147 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP

25/03/09
POETRY ASSOCIATION of SCOTLAND - Weds 25 March

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.
DETAILS
£5 (£3), 7.30 p.m., Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT

05/08/08
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.

DETAILS
Free, 1p.m., Word Power Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB

08/06/08
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 A. Mackenzie
DETAILS
Free, 8p.m., The Great Grog, 43 Rose Stret, Edinburgh

16/02/08
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...
DETAILS
Free, 6p.m., Word Power Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB

24/01/08
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.
DETAILS
£6/£4, 7p.m., Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF

25/10/07
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

12/10/07
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...
DETAILS
Free, 7.30p.m., Bluebell Bookshop, Angel Square, Penrith, Cumbria

28/05/07
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.
DETAILS
Free, 7p.m., Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF

12/05/07
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.

18/03/07
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 Andrews.

09/11/06
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
e-mail james.anderson@blackwell.co.uk
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.



 


15/02/10
Review of DOWN DEEP in Sacramento Book Review


19/01/09

Review of WMF in The Guardian

14/12/08
Review of WMF in The Tribune, New Delhi, India

02/11/08
Review of WMF in The Hindu, New Delhi, India

27/09/08
Review of WMF in the Business Standard, New Delhi, India

14/12/07
Interview about BELLI at The American

04/09/07
Review of FOLLY in Other Poetry
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08/08/07
Review of BELLI in The New York Sun
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08/08/07
Review of BELLI at Textualities.net

05/08/07
Review of BELLI in the Edinburgh Review
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19/05/07
Review of WMF in The Telegraph

06/03/07
Review of WMF at Pulp.net

05/01/07
Review of WMF in The Complete Review

04/11/06
Review of WMF in the Herald
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01/11/06
Review of WMF in the Literary Review
[ PDF 300 KB]

28/10/06
Review of WMF in The Spectator
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07/10/06
Review of WMF in the Melbourne Age
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02/10/06
Review of WMF in the New Statesman

23/09/06
Review of WMF in The Times

01/09/06
Interview at the Book Depository

 

 
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