Monday, 24 November 2008
crossing border, the bird room, GREAT, no point in not being friends, my shower, etc.
i got back from the Crossing Border festival yesterday afternoon. i was there for six days. i was involved in a project called 'The Chronicles' where a group of writers and translators were paired up and we had to write our impressions of the festival, etc, which went up on the website and were then translated into or from Dutch, and other languages, etc., etc. here are the columns i wrote while i was there:
Introduction - 'On Being Translated'
Thursday Column - 'Missing: One Piece of Paper'
Friday Column - 'Thank you, Thank You, Thank you'
Saturday Column - 'Oh Well'
the 'epilogue' is still forthcoming. i think i have until Friday.
i read the first chapter of The Bird Room, too, on the 'big stage' just before Liam Finn played. it went down okay, i think. here is a picture of me reading, taken by Hester Tollenaar, one of the translators:
i wore my 'lucky red socks' for the reading. there is nothing really 'lucky' about them, except that they are new-ish still, and were kind of expensive for socks:
[i think i developed a 'paunch' from the free food and beer.]
the hotel room was very nice:
[i'm reading Excitability by Diane Williams at the moment.]
there was a little fridge in the room:
[the sandwich didn't 'come' with the fridge. i made it at breakfast.]
the shower was very good. it was like a 'massage-strength' shower:
here's a comparative picture of the shower in my flat. it is more of a 'senile dribble-of-piss strength' one:
[don't worry. i've since cleaned off the mould. i used dettox 'mould and mildew' spray.]
when i got back to my flat, there was a parcel of two 'real', final-version The Bird Rooms waiting for me:
i like the design a lot now. it looks kind of the same as the proof version, but there's 'spot varnish' in places and the paper is nicer and thicker and yellower. also, it has 'french flaps':
(i'm very excited about the 'french flaps'.)
the magazine GREAT, edited by Brandon Scott Gorrell and Chelsea Martin, is now available for preorder. i have a small thing in it (chapter 5 of 'Paul Simon'). there are lots of good, interesting writers in this issue. i'm sure they will post copies to the UK.
Brandon is also doing a 'video reading' as part of the fifth 'there's no point in not being friends with someone if you want to be friends with them' night, which is tonight.
i'm excited about showing Brandon's film. there's lots of other good stuff lined up, too.
please come along if you live in Manchester and have nothing better to do this evening. it starts at 8pm, it's free to get in, and should be fun. click here for more information.