I'm interviewing Nell Zink at the LRB bookshop next Monday, to celebrate the UK launch of her two brilliant novels, The Wallcreeper, and Mislaid (published as a handsome box set in the UK by 4th Estate). Please come: tickets here.
I'll be taking part in an all-day reading from Joyce's Ulysses, at the Bookart Bookshop, London, tomorrow, on Bloomsday, 16th June. Apparently there are kidneys at 9am: I'll be there from about 3pm. Please come by...
On Saturday 20th at 10.30am I'll be chairing the 'gatekeepers' session at this year's London Short Story Festival. It'll be a chance to hear what publishers (Stefan Tobler of And Other Stories, and Jim Hinks of Comma Press), agents (Lucy Luck), editors of anthologies (Tania Hershman), and lit mags (Yuka Igarashi of Granta), and radio producers (Jeremy Osborne of Sweet Talk) are looking for in a short story. It's unusual to find so many and so varied publishing experts in one room; it would be silly not to take advantage...
I have one ticket (usually £9/£6.30) to give away. Erm, how shall we do this? Tell me a short story you like in the comments box below, or tweet it to @badaude. I'll pick a winner at 5pm on Monday 15th June.
There will also be events with Stuart Evers, Deborah Levy, Marina Warner, Alex Preston, Nikesh Shukla, Paul McVeigh, Joe Dunthorne, and many others. The full programme is here.
On June 1st, along with Zoe Pilger and Will Self, I'll be reading a story specially commissioned by Visual Editions at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch. Please come if you can. Tickets are free, but you have to book. Details are here.
I'll be at the Listowel Festival next Friday (29th May) to talk with Gorse Journal editors Susan Tomaselli and Christodoulos Makris, and writer Rob Doyle about... erm... whatever comes up. If you're at the festival, please come. Details here. It's going to be fun.
A few years ago I designed the Oxford May Morning poster, which appears on bus stops etc all over the city every year.
I've had a few requests for copies of the poster, so I've had a limited edition giclee print of 10 posters made in size A3+ (approx 48 x 34cm). The edition is signed and numbered, and prints cost £25 each. I think the limited print run will go quickly, so if you'd like a poster, please email me at badaude at typepad dot com. You can collect your poster in Oxford, or I can post it to you for an extra £5 in the UK, or £10 worldwide. I accept cash, cheques or Paypal.
Next week (21st April) I'll be at Shakespeare & Company, Paris to celebrate the launch of Sphinx, the first work to be published in English translation by the incredibly talented and inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo, the influential and exclusive French experimental literary group whose mission is to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints.
I'll be talking with Garréta's translator, Emma Ramadan, and writer, critic, and translator Lauren Elkin, who is the author, with Scott Esposito, of The End Of OuLiPo?