Me, in August.

Lots of writing things happening this month.

1. Woman’s Hour

I’m going to be featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday 6th August. They’re running a week-long series where they focus on a different young/Scottish/woman/writer every day, and I’m Ms Monday. They commissioned a new short story from me, and there should be a bit of an interview too: mostly talking about that bit of the Clyde in the city centre, which is one of my favourite places in Glasgow. Handy, that, as the story is a co-promotion with the Scottish Book Trust’s new campaign My Favourite Place.

2. Collaborative story doom

Speaking of the Scottish Book Trust, I’m one of three writers taking part in something which is not at all like torture: devising an ongoing story in weekly installments, inspired by prompts from Twitter followers and completed live onstage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. See? Nothing like torture at all. So far, we’ve got futuristic bureacracy, a president with four arms and a tail, and a revolutionary hero who loves rocks. A lot. You can follow the story here.

3. WPM: the return

And speaking of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I’ll be hosting a one-off Words Per Minute on Monday 13th August, at 9pm, as part of the EIBF’s Unbound strand. It’s called The Big Time Sensuality Show, with Sarah Hall, Alan Bissett, Jenni Fagan, Rachel Sermanni, Wounded Knee, Hannah McGill and Kirsty Logan getting hot under the collar. A lineup like that, for free? In Edinburgh? In August? Who loves ya, baby?

4. Elsewhere, or, I get published by McSweeney’s

Look at this beautiful book. In 2010, I was one of 50 writers commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival to write a new story for a collection. It’s finally been published in physical form, by a publishing house I have a HUGE crush on, McSweeney’s, working with Cargo Publishing. I love that there are companies still making gorgeous, covetable things out of physical books.

The Spiegeltent at Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square; my home for most of August 2012

The Spiegeltent at Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square; my home for most of August 2012

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