FOUND AT SEA - visuals below by Mike McDonnell! I love these, and some of the 20+ he has done will be used on the cover and inside the book. (Published by Polygon/Birlinn, Feb 2013)
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FOUND AT SEA: On 17th Jan, we recorded a 30 min version of FOUND AT SEA for Radio 4. Tam Dean Burn as 'Crew', Lewis Howden as 'Skip', Rachel Newton the musician, myself as authorial voice. It was great to meet up again, bring the piece to a new life as a piece of pure radio, that most intimate medium. Directed by Marilyn Imrie, who will be editing and assembling it over the next weeks. I will put up broadcast date and details once it is decided.
The Play of FAS, directed by David Greig (pal, celebrated playwright, no relation) a theatrical version with additional storytelling elements what I wrote, and some fine music and singing by Rachel Newton, ran at the Traverse, Edinburgh, 19th _ 23rd Feb 2013. It's about a sail from Stromness to overnight on Cava (among other things!). It was sold out throughout, and I had the pleasure of seeing Mike Heron's face when Rachel started singing 'When I was born I had no head...' and 'Breathing, all creatures are'. A big thrill. At times people (including me, forgot to breath. They also found jokes in it! David and I are planning to re-boot the FAS Play to tour Scottish coastal venues, then run at the Tron and the Traverse in Edinburgh. This will likely be autumn 2014. Sailing has given me a fresh, vivid series of experiences, with a vocabulary all of its own, and which offers a whole new bunch of ways of putting the familiar existential stuff. It happened with Climbing, the Golf, then Fishing.
Paperback of 'Fair Helen' published 1st May.
Dumbarton Festival Thurs 22nd May
Borders Book Festival Fri 13th June. 'Fair Helen' has been short listed for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, and I will be on a panel at the above talking about...writing historical fiction! Will also be in a state of some tension, because the prize is a big deal, and money I could badly do with to support my long-term writing habit. Still, it's an honour and a boost to have 'Fair Helen' so rated among some very big beasts!
Edinburgh International Book Festival Aug 11th. Will be doing mostly poetry - with some brief prose excerpts from 'Fair Helen' and 'At the Loch of the Green Corrie' - with Rachel Newton, lovely singer and clarsach player (pretty nifty on viola), who does songs and plays with and in behind, framing some of my spoken word. We'll be doing some of the 'Found At Sea' material, as arranged for the Radio 4 30 min. version to be broadcast later in the year. I love collaborating with her - last year we did 'Fair Helen' at the EIBF, and it worked so well that Nick Barley has asked us back to do another, poetry-orientated, performance session.
Three Lochs (Strontian) festival Sept 27th. Will be there with my wife Lesley Glaister, who will be reading from her fab novel 'Little Egypt'. Think I'm doing poetry and novel.
Blairgowrie 11th Oct. I'm chairing the seesion of the excellent Gavin Francis on his book 'Empire Antarctica', which summons up a year spent in that extraordinary place better than anyone I've read. Lesley is doing her reading/discussion of 'Little Egypt' later in the day.