On Sunday 16 October I’ll be discussing writing fiction about real writers with Jill Dawson, author of The Crime Writer, at the ArchWay With Words Festival in North London. The event starts at 4:45pm, and you can book yourself a ticket here.
Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.
This is “Valley Clouds” by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop:
Another highlight of this summer’s End of the Road Festival was Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop. They played as a duo on The Garden Stage, and played a wonderful set of beautiful and interesting songs, including the material they’ve recorded together, Iron and Wine songs, and some well-chosen cover versions (a reworking of “Islands in the Stream” was a particular highlight). During their set, two parrots flew over and crapped on the crowd; they worked it into the song they were performing without missing a beat. Either that or they’ve spent as much time training parrots as they have on their songcraft.
13 September, Hamburg, Germany: Nelson Algren Day, Amerikazentrum, Am Sandtorkai 48, 18:00-20:30. Film Screening, Reading and Q&A with Ilko Davidov, co-director of Nelson Algren: The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All.