I keep at tumblr at lloydshep.tumblr.com called A Pound of Obscure. Here’s today’s posts from it.
- If I had to choose one band to go and see in situ
I think if I had to choose one band to go and see in situ and at the height of their powers, I might well choose Blondie. Can?t think why?.
- New dates for appearances in April and May
A couple of new dates for things I?ll be showing my face at in May:
Thursday 25th April: Rainham Library Rob Ryan and I will be talking about our new books from 7.30?pm. All the details are here.
May 1: an evening of readings at the Working Men?s College Library The theme of the evening is Monsters. The address is 44 Crowndale Road London NW1?1TR (nearest tubes: Camden, Mornington Crescent), and it starts at 7.00pm. The event?s free; to reserve a seat please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I?ll be reading and talking about The English Monster. Also appearing are Amanda Craig (reading from A Private Place, her novel about school bullying, and Hearts and Minds, about London?s migrant workers); Suzi Feay (reading from The Holy Innocents, a cycle of 12 poems about the life of Gilles de Rais, vastly wealthy marshall of France, companion in arms of Joan of Arc, warrior, devout Catholic, necromancer and serial killer); Emran Mian (reading from his debut novel, The Banker?s Daughter, a tense thriller, set in Lahore, Beirut and London, that charts the rise and fall of a banker and explores the moral ambiguities of our money-dominated world); and Meike Ziervogel (reading from Magda, her debut novel based on the life of Magda Goebbel).
There will be a cash bar!
- From the Sea to the Land Beyond: The performance | The Space
I watched this last night, and it?s amazing. Beautifully edited and selected, with haunting and just-right music from British Sea Power. It captures exactly my own sadness, pride, fear, excitement and love of the sea around the British Isles.