It’s been wonderful, all this year, sharing the post of 2014 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence with Olivia Laing; I’m delighted to learn that Sarah Churchwell and Benjamin Markovits will hold the Eccles posts in 2015. Sarah, of course, was one of my fellow judges on this year’s Man Booker Prize, which we gave to Richard Flanagan’s bold and moving novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
I’m writing for The New Statesman, The Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times… follow me @EricaWgnr where I’ll post links to my pieces! Meantime, the show I’ve made, A Concert of Stories, with storyteller Abbi Patrix and percussionist Linda Edsjo is now part of the touring repertoire of Compagnie de Cercle — here are details about the show, and where to see it (mostly in France, and in French…). If you want to read about how it came about you can do that here. My novel, Seizure, is published in French now as La Coupure. If you’re heading that way… “Seizure is terrific.” Philip Pullman
On November 18th I’ll be at the terrific Simply Foxed bookshop in London, talking to Paul Kingsnorth about his remarkable novel, The Wake, published by Unbound. Tickets are limited — get booking!
On Monday, December 15, Graham Swift will be reading from his fine new collection, England and Other Stories, at the British Library, and talking to me: do join us.
My new Faber Academy course for writers, Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction, starts on January 12, 2015. Roll up, roll up — don’t be shy. No time like the new year to start a project.
Quote of the day
- Work without dignity — “Here was wealth greater than ever known before — wealth gained not by men as producers but as masters of capital, middle men, investors and speculators; wealth that held the living of the many in its hands, but which had largely lost the sense of stewardship. And here was work that lacked dignity; wages fixed without bargaining; regulation and control in place of the old freedom.” The United States in the 1840s and 1850s; from Avery O. Craven’s Civil War in the Making, 1815-1860