I suppose that there is no such thing as a ‘generic’ book launch. Not only that but it is unlikely that any two people experience the book launch in the same way. Still whilst each is unique they have factors in common and these we can perhaps look at. Firstly there is the author. He … More The book launch
I have had a fascinating couple of days, attending, in spirit at least, an event called Fantasycon, held in the seaside resort of Scarborough. It isn’t the sort of thing I normally do and can only put it down to a moment of weakness when Jim Webster mentioned free wine. So I let him … More Free wine, book launches and poetry readings.
It has to be said that I have had some unusual patrons in my time. Thus being a poet is often a rather fraught experience. One arrives to assist in a soiree and discovers that you are instead called upon to preside over an orgy, a brawl or even a séance. But Madam S was … More The delicate sensitivities of an assassin
It’s some time ago now, but there was a fashion for drinking the rare black lichen. I say drinking because they used to dry it over open fires, grind it fine and mix it in almost pure spirit. It was strange stuff; it could give you strange dreams or even stranger nightmares. Some … More The risks inherent in trade