Monday, 11 January 2010

BITS AND BOBS - ONE WORLD UPDATE, A PARTY, A NEW BOOK IN THE PIPELINE

First, the great news that the One World Anthology, launched last year at Oxford Lit fest, has sold over 4000 copies and is into its second print run. It has been taken up by several university courses in the USA, one of which has requested that the contributors put together a short commentary on the use of cyberspace to bring a book together. So we’re all answering the same questions for the students.
Second, am off to the South Bank centre next week thanks to a fabulous and very exciting invitation from poet Lemn Sissay, and to see a screening of his film “Internal Flight” (BBC) and extend oodles of congrats to Lemn for his honour in the New Years List, an MBE for Services to Literature. 100% inspirational stuff – moral of the story: ‘do not write off kids who are given away.’ We are a bunch to be reckoned with. More on this after Monday’s ‘do’. More on Lemn Sissay HERE.
Third, the manuscript for book no 3 is done and sent to the publisher. Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures, now scheduled for a June publication date (to coordinate with other flash titles coming out from Salt – David Gaffney’s among them!) will be a collection of flashes and micros.
It will include this flash, just published on the wonderful Night Train, and also read at Sparks in Brighton last year.

4 comments:

Julia Bohanna said...

I am dizzy just reading this. It all sounds shiny and fabulous. Deserved too. Excited about the new Salt book....look forward to reading another great Gebbie....

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

I saw Lemn Sissay in Gaborone at the Power in the Voice Festival. He was Fantastic - yes with a big F. I was in tears and fell absolutely in love with him.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

I will tell him next week, Lauri!- this is where I saw him:
http://vanessagebbiesnews.blogspot.com/2009/12/norcap-lunch-at-house-of-commons.html

Tania Hershman said...

Yay, yay, thrice times yay!