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.

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).

 

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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Poetry and prose hosted by New London Architecture and The Built Environment Trust, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

Hix Eros

30/08/2016

Enjoyed writing a small piece for the latest HIX EROS, ‘an occasional reviews outburst’. This issue contains reviews and responses of, and responses to, the work of Roíbéard Csengeri, Ian Heames, Sophie Seita, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Frances Kruk, R.T.A. Parker, John Ashbery, Dorothy Lehane, Florence Uniacke, Rosa van Hensbergen, Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, Emilia Weber, Cheena Marie Lo, James Cummins, Prudence Chamberlain and Nisha Ramayya, as well as an essay by Eleanor Perry.

HIX EROS imageThanks to editors Joe Luna, Jo Lindsay Walton and Jordan Savage, and to designer Robbie Dawson. Details of HIX EROS‘ associated publications and reading series HI ZERO can be found here; HIX EROS 7 can be downloaded here or by clicking the image above.

Bascule

15/07/2016

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The bascule chamber is the large, brick-lined space that houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights. As the saying goes, festivals abhor a vaccuum: I am delighted to be working with composer Tom Wilson on a commissioned new work that will attempt to take full advantage of the bascule chamber’s unique acoustics. Inspired by the history of the Royal Menagerie at the nearby Tower of London, we are lucky enough to have the Ben See Group performing the finished work for the Totally Thames Festival, curated by Iain Chambers.

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The piece will be performed as part of a great programme of contemporary music on both Sat 24thand Sun 25th Sept at these times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. Tickets can be bought here(but please do note performances are subject to change up to 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge some terms & conditions here.) A nice hat-tip from Time Out here, and from Sound and Music here.
 A picture of the Ben See group on the Press night, in the Accumulator room:

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Edit: Teasered in The Evening Standard and online at The Cusp‘s round-up for September!

Evening Standard

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It was a pleasure to chair the reading and Q&A with wonderful writer A. L. Kennedy as part of the Emerald Street Literary festival, 11th June at the Royal Geological Society in London. Many thanks for her tips about fencing with women and how to best walk with a raven on your arm.

The full programme featured talks and readings from authors and organisations including Kate Mosse and the Baileys Prize finalists, Jessie Burton, Caroline Criado-Perez and Marina Lewycka on Britain’s European referendum, Maggie O’Farrell, Kit de Waal, Amy Liptrot and Bryony Gordon, Scarlett Thomas, Laura Barnett and Holly Bourne.

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You can buy A. L. Kennedy’s most recent novel, Serious Sweet, here.

Stoke Newington Fest

Celebrating the release of forthcoming An Unreliable Guide to London, I was very pleased to join Influx Press at the Library Gallery to read an extract from the anthology and discuss London’s fictions, past and present. Quite a thing to sit next to writers M John Harrison (let alone be described as ‘steely-eyed’ by him, as per confluence), Courttia Newland and Yvvette Edwards; many thanks to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, for all the questions from the audience and to Gary Budden for chairing.

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