‘And as Hannah joined in . . . the idea for If Women Rose Rooted took firm hold in my mind. I would write a completely different book: a book which brought together both of my passions: place, and story.’
This month sees the publication of If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Women by Sharon Blackie, and the quote above comes from a wonderful piece she has written for writing.ie about how ideas emerge from place, time and conversation.
September collaborator Louise Norton visited Sharon in Donegal to with her video camera. Amongst the stunning scenery of the seven sisters, Sharon calls all the eco-feminists:
It has also been announced that in September this year we are publishing The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques. Compact yet comprehensive, this treasure trove of a book will bring London’s streets and buildings alive.
February has kicked off with the publication of Alice Stevenson’s beautiful London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, which features black and white images from Ways to Walk in London for colouring in, and then to send or keep. Alice has been sharing coloured versions using #LondonPerspectives.
On February’s extra day, Alice is a featured artist with Laura Rae at Listen Softly London (7pm, 29 February at The Barley Mow, London EC2).
On Wednesday 10th, Angela Kiss appeared on Midweek to discuss How to be an Alien in England. Listen to her here at 33.45 minutes. Female First has featured her first impressions on arriving in UK, and she will be interviewed on World Service, Weekend on Saturday 20th February. More coverage is due soon.
And on Thursday 11th, Anthony Loyd had a great discussion about My War Gone By, I Miss It So at the Times Plus event.
Alice Stevenson appeared at The Piccadilly Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening on 3 December.
Anthony Loyd wrote a powerful article about returning to the Balkans 20 years after the end of hostilities which appeared in The Times Magazine on 28 November. For those who subscribe, there is also a very moving video. Anthony will be appearing at The Frontline Club’s BookNight with Anthony Loyd on 9 December, 7pm, and you can book now for his Times Plus events An Evening with Anthony Loyd, on 11 February 2016.
Mark Thomas will be reading from 100 Acts of Minor Dissent on 12 December, 1-2.15pm in St Austell, raising funds for Mid & East Cornwall Green Party. 100 Acts was included in Philosophy Football’s round up of new political books, singled out as one that makes politics fun and a pleasure to be a part of.
He is also appearing all over the country, from Cardigan and Falmouth to Whitstable and Doncaster, with Trespass – his latest show on dissent, cities and public spaces. He also has some rather fetching new merchandise.
Finally, September founder Hannah MacDonald spoke at the FutureBook conference on Friday 4 December about author-centric publishing.