One of the brilliant things about writing books is that you get to do book launches and book festivals and other book-related things. Here’s what I’ve been up to recently before going into winter hibernation.
Exploring Gender and Identity Narratives in Writing
I was delighted to be part of this event alongside my incredibly talented pal Ely Percy, author of Duck Feet and other great fiction. We talked about queerness in writing both in terms of how it affects our writing and how it affects the business side of books too. All proceeds from this event went to the Mermaids charity for trans, binary and gender-diverse young people.
Mount Florida Books, Glasgow
In conversation with So Mayer, whose new collection Truth And Dare is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever read. Their previous book, A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing, was an astonishing mix of history, art, cinema and activism and our chat was serious and seriously funny too.
Wigtown Book Festival, Wigtown
I’d heard so many great things about this festival, which takes place in Scotland’s best book town and which was celebrating its 25th year this year. And they’re all true. I was delighted to be appearing with writer, musician and renaissance woman Nyla Ahmad.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
I had great fun chatting about taboos and stereotypes around parenthood with Kirsty Logan, Szilvia Molnar and Alex Hyde, and then chatting with lots of lovely people afterwards.
Boswell Book Festival, Ayrshire
The Boswell Book Festival is the world’s only festival of biography and memoir. It’s a lovely festival to be part of.
The British Book Awards 2023, London and online
The British book Oscars, I’m told. I was very surprised and delighted to be shortlisted.
Society of Young Publishers conference
I delivered the closing keynote, which meant stepping into shoes previously worn by Nicola Sturgeon, Douglas Stuart and Denise Mina. So no pressure there.
Paisley Book Festival
I grew up very near Paisley, so being invited to the Paisley Book Festival was a real thrill. I had so much fun talking about comedy and darkness with Chris Thorburn and Kirkland Ciccone.
Marbles Magazine launch, Edinburgh
My brilliant and talented editor Kirstyn Smith is also the editor of Marbles Magazine, so it was a real joy to catch up with her – and meet her for the first time in real life; we worked together during COVID – at the launch of the latest Marbles mental health issue as a pal and as a contributor too.
Carrie Kills A Man book launches, Glasgow and Edinburgh
Thanks so much to Category Is books in Glasgow and Argonaut Books in Edinburgh.
Publishing Scotland Creative Conversations, Glasgow University
My first ever book event! I got to meet Louise Welsh, who I’ve long admired, and I appeared on the same panel as Chitra Ramaswamy, Cynthia Rogerson, Malachy Tallack, Trishna Singh OBE and Mark Woolhouse OBE.