I’m so thrilled to discover that — along with the wonderful Olivia Laing — I am the 2014 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence! That will keep me cheerful all next year and beyond. Cheerful and busy — as along with chair A.C. Grayling, and fellow judges Alastair Niven, Jonathan Bate, Dan Glaser and Sarah Churchwell, we’ve chosen a longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction: watch out for the shortlist in September!
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 Saturday, September 6, I’ll be on stage at the Aldwych Theatre in London — talking to Hilary Mantel about Mike Poulton’s marvellous adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Still a few tickets left, come along!
September 18-21 I’ll be in Budleigh Salterton, in Devon, at the lovely literature festival there: Hilary Mantel and I will do our double-act again — this time with Mike Poulton himself — and I’ll also be talking to the wonderful Kate Mosse about The Taxidermist’s Daughter… and more. A good excuse for a weekend by the sea…!
On October 4th I’ll be at Bath Literature Festival, talking with Guest Artistic Director David Almond about his wonderful new novel, A Song for Ella Grey — a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can’t wait.
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