Storyshop 2016, Book launch broadcast & some bookshelf porn

As the summer sun makes a prolonged appearance and buskers strut their funky stuff within earshot of my desk, my thoughts always turn to booking up shows at the Edinburgh Festivals. This year I’m very excited that my mother will be dancing with Prime, and also to have myself been selected to read one of my short stories as part of Storyshop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. My reading will be free & unticketed, I’ll blast you with time/date closer to the event itself. In the meantime i’m looking forward to meeting the other Storyshop writers and practising my reading.

On Sunday Samantha and I launched a limited edition printed, bilingual version of our award winning app, Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashihai. We broadcast the launch on Periscope and Facebook Live, and you can see the video of the latter on the two.5 Facebook Page or embedded below, including me Facetiming in my reading to Puerh Teashop in Brooklyn from Edinburgh. Which was kind of meta.

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My reading was taken from my creative non-fiction collection about the residency in China, There & Now, and I’ve posted the text in the comments for the video on our FB page. If you’d prefer to read the whole, novella-length collection it’s available for kindle. If you’d like a copy of our printed book, Recollections, then get your order in fast (shipping is free to UK & US) as I believe there are only 40 copies left.

In other news, I’ve finally got my glorious bookshelves up and my books have now been alphabetised and are no longer covered in dust or being used to make Christmas trees. You can see them in the background of this picture of me enjoying the Book launch on Sunday.

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… and a cheeky little composite of the alphabetising process, which was much more fun than doing actual work for an entire afternoon.

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