Backlisted

26/06/2017

Thanks to Backlisted Podcast for their warm, warm, warm words about Attrib. (and a great reading from ‘Synaesthete, Would Like To Meet’!) — a fantastic listen every fortnight, please do subscribe to the show and enjoy this full episode embedded below featuring an account of John Simmons‘ most recent novel as well as The Great and The Good Sarah Perry discussing Gosse’s Father & Son (1907).

And congratulations to hosts John Mitchinson and Andy Miller for Backlisted being named ‘Podcast of the Week’ by the Radio Times!

Nice things have been said. Here are a couple.

I am verklempt and vulgar with thanks.

**Selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017’s best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival**

**Runner-up at the Saboteur Awards 2017 for ‘Best Collection of Short Stories’**

Fiddling with words, as if playing with them were all that mattered, her characters draw time to a standstill–then they stop, suddenly, blinking and thrilled. It’s beautiful, the way they get lost.
The Guardian

Funny, playful and utterly bravura, it deserves to be read by everyone with a love of words and an interest in the way deftly wielded language and original ideas can come together to detonate on the page.
– Melissa Harrison, Financial Times

The possibilities these stories imply are many, one of them being that you, the reader, could be their unnamed narrator. That’s why, like all good literature, they feel so personal, immediate and incredibly urgent.
New Humanist

Williams’ writerly roots in poetry and poetic prose shine throughout this stunning collection of almost intimidatingly intelligent and creative work.
Mslexia

So good it makes me giddy. For God’s sake, buy a copy.
Caught by the River

Williams brings these moments of internal intensity into the spotlight, with 170 pages that positively glow.
The Fader’s Spring Recommendations 2017

These are stories that are so repeatedly re-readable – for their humour, their humanity and their sheer revelry in the textual matter of the language from which they are made: the physical, pleasurable, palpable, enigmatic and unguent words and all they carry with them.
The Contemporary Small Press

Williams’ USP (even, at times, brilliance), is to drop us in on lives at seemingly innocuous moments—and then wrong-foot the reader, contort the unfolding story, and ultimately distil something elemental from the seemingly banal.
3:AM

Nearly every sentence here dazzles with somersaults.
Minor Literature(s)

Williams’ writing is emotionally engaged and linguistically playful. This collection has been highly acclaimed for all the right reasons – it is gorgeous, moving, intelligent, it contains striking images and nuanced emotion.
Triumph of the Now

Attrib. especially works as a series of beautifully written detached vignettes upon the themes of language and love. And what finer themes are there?
Turnaround Blog

The stories in Attrib. are such treats they deserve to be read like a properly made coffee: don’t take too much at once; enjoy in your favourite place; let each story percolate.
The Fountain

Williams has a completely unique voice and explores language with a quirky, intelligent hand. These stories are impulsive, darkly comic and utterly compelling.
Waterstones Summer 2017 Recommendations

 

(‘Twitter personality’. Well now.)

Brief word of pride: Influx Press’ collection An Unreliable Guide to London has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best edited anthology.

I teach Shirley Jackson‘s work, and find it a real honour that the weird and cryptozoologiodd tales in the Unreliable Guide can been found on a list dedicated to celebrating what is best in her work, let alone that it appears on the same roster as Emma Cline, Emma Donoghue, Helen Oyeyemi, Camilla Grudova and Irenosen Okojie this year. Fingers and tentacles and everything crossed.

Supporting the launch of Gregory Normington‘s great new collection The Ghost Who Bled.

What a thing what a thing. Reading alongside Jan Carson and Greg at Waterstones Piccadilly,  203-206 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9HD. Tickets available —  7.00pm, £8 — here.

Really excited to support the double-launch event for Isabel Waidner‘s queer avant-garde novel Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), and ‘Not Here, a queer anthology of loneliness’ (Pilot Press, 2017) edited by Richard Dodwell.

Other reader/performers on the night include Timothy Thornton, Olivia Laing, and a DJ set with Chapter 10’s Charlie Porter. All taking place at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD —  7.00pm, £3 — tickets available here.

Updates

19/05/2017

I’ve been pretty remiss in updating heremost of my time since February has been spent working out how to get an em dash to appear on screen. But! Will try and make amends. Nice things have been said and all is well. And! There’s a new site here that attempts to make any account of what I do seem professional: eleywilliams.com. I will fail to update that too but on a purely professional basis.

Saboteur

13/05/2017

A quick note to say thanks so much for the nomination and votes that meant I found on the shortlist for the Saboteur Awards with Attrib. and Other Stories.

On the evening held in London and sponsored by Dylan Thomas Day, I was thrilled to be named runner-up in the category for best short story collection. Congratulations to winner Lucy Durneen and her collection Wild Gestures (MidnightSun), and to the other shortlisted authors High City Walk by Adam Craig (Cinnamon Press), Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie (Jacaranda Books), and Chump by Duncan P Bradshaw (EyeCue).

 

FLIGHTS #1

07/03/2017

Assisted with the first evening of FLIGHTS, taking place on th7 March 2017 at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury, London, on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Co-organised with Jennie Cole and Prue Chamberlain, this night of performances featured Aimée Lê, Alison Gibb, Ghazal Mosadeq, Mendoza, Mmmmm (Luna Montenegro & Adrian Fisher), Sandra Keating and Sophie Mayer. They were fantastic.

 

Fiender

19/02/2017

Working with Prue Chamberlain for Fiender, a night of new collaborations for the Enemies Project. Featuring Aase BergSJ Fowler, Harry Man & Anna Axfors, Elis BurrauHolly Corfield Carr, Kathryn Maris & Patrick Mackie, Fabian Peake & Jeff Hilson, Nick Murray & Joe Turrent, Hannah Lowe & Richard Scott, Annie KatchinskaMark Waldron, Molly Bergin & Russell Bennetts.

Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Bloomsbury Festival with Annabel Banks and Aki Schilz!

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