Happy publication day to David Ziggy Greene for Times Like These, his collection of graphic reportage from his Scene & Heard column in Private Eye.
The comics community is loving the book, with fantastic coverage from Forbidden Planet International (including a Director’s Commentary by David) and Bleeding Cool. Orbital Comics made it a staff pick!
‘Scene and Heard does the opposite of that soul-crushing dehumanisation that much of the modern media creates … Times Like These is a beautiful example of the power of the comics medium.’ Forbidden Planet International
‘[Times Like These] is a ride through humanity. Which, yes, is often hideous but the details are fascinating. Greene’s pen-line makes sure of that.’ Bleeding Cool
Super-fans can pick up a copy with an exclusive signed bookplate from Gosh Comics.
David Ziggy Greene’s reports will be on display during an exhibition at Orbital Comics from May 11th-31st, with a special signing and Q&A taking place on May 26th.
David will appear at a special V&A members’ event on May 24th.
On 18 April, Brutal London author Simon Phipps joined architect Justin Nicholls for a fascinating evening of Brutalism at Rye Books, East Dulwich.
It has been a busy March for author events.
Sharon Blackie gave a workshop on The Enchanted Life at Alternatives in London.
And both Christopher Nicholson (Among the Summer Snows) and Conor Woodman (The Scam Hunter) appeared at Words by the Water, the Lake District’s literary festival in Keswick.
Christopher Nicholson at Words by the Water.
You can catch Sharon at again at TEDxStormontSalon on 7 April. And do check our Events page for more events as they are announced.
‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life’ – Chloe Stroud, author of The Wild Other
Congratulations to Sharon Blackie on the publication of The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday!
To celebrate, you’ll find postcards in selected bookshops featuring Sharon’s beautifully formed words with artwork from cover designer Leo Nickolls. There are eight to collect!
Reviews are already appearing from bloggers. Including this from Christine Cleere’s Dancing in the Mist.
‘As someone who believes that myth and stories, the land and all of nature has so much to teach us; and as someone who believes that small steps and small changes can (and must) bring about changes to how we live and how society operates, this is a wonderful and important book . . . this is thought provoking, beautifully written, and well researched book (I love the fact there are references throughout the whole book – so many authors don’t bother or can’t back up hoer work in this way) and one I would highly recommend.’
And Monique Mulligan says on her blog:
‘It’s inspiring, yes, but so much more than that – it’s empowering. Readers are encouraged to take action to live a life that is enchanted – filled with creativity and play and meaning and belonging. For me, it’s exactly the kind of book that my soul is searching for – one that digs deep, prods and turns over the self-limiting beliefs that hold me back. Complex, intelligent and thought-provoking, this is for seekers of authenticity and purpose.’
Sharon is holding a full day Enchanted Life workshop in London on 10 March. This is an exciting opportunity to work with Sharon outside of Ireland and is highly recommended.
Thank you to the V&A, for the wonderful workshop they organised with Molly Hatch last Saturday to coincide with the publication of A Passion for China. As Molly said on Facebook …
Saturday was a wonderfully atmospheric evening at Carlisle Castle with Andrew Michael Hurley, the first of a series of English Heritage events to celebrate the publication of Eight Ghosts. Andrew read from his short story ‘Mr Lanyard’s Last Case’, revealed how and why the castle inspired him, and discussed the history of the ghost story. Guests were then led on an after-dark tour of the castle itself.
There are five more events coming up, starting with Kamila Shamsie at Kenilworth Castle on Tuesday evening.
This week Conor Woodman and Christopher Nicholson have both appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Here is Christopher Nicholson and his big signing queue.
(Photo: Juliet Pickering)
A wonderful event for Alice Stevenson, reading about Sunderland from Ways to See Great Britain in Soho for Listen Softly London.
With thanks to Keggie Carew and Underhill Wood Nature Reserve for a very pleasant evening on the launch of Among the Summer Snows by Christopher Nicholson.
(Photo: Keggie Carew)