What’s new?

I’m so pleased to be Consulting Literary Editor for Harper’s Bazaar; I write for the magazine every month, and blog for them here. I’m a Contributing Writer for The New Statesman, as well as writing for The Financial TimesThe EconomistThe 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

Upcoming events

I’ll be running my Fiction Boot Camp at the Faber Academy — courses available in February, July and September. Join me — we’ll do the best kind of hard work!

Check out the book of essays I’m editing for Unbound about the great Alan Garner — with contributions from Neil Gaiman,  Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Ali Smith, Rowan Williams and many others! We’re fully funded now, I’m delighted to say; publication will be in the spring of 2016. The anthology has even made the news — read all about it here.

February 28, 2016, I’ll be talking to Hannah Rothschild — the new Chair of the National Gallery — and novelist and critic Francine Prose at Jewish Book Week in a conversation about artists, art and much much more. Do join us if you are in London.

Poetry and Lyrics is a wonderful new festival at June 2016 King’s Place in London; I’ll be talking to singer and composer Chris Wood and storyteller Hugh Lupton about poetry and folk music on June 11 — see you there!

AND you are in plenty of time to buy your tickets for the wonderful Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival, 1-3 July 2016. I’m already packing my tent…

Quote of the day

  • An eerie resonance “Universal suffrage can only mean in plain English the government of ignorance and vice — it means a European, and especially Celtic, proletariat on the Atlantic coast, an African proletariat on the shores of the Gulf [of Mexico], and a Chinese proletariat on the Pacific.” Boston’s Charles Francis Adams Jr., grandson of John Quincy Adams, in 1877. From Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics by Terry Golway