Hey there folks of world, I’ve been meaning to do an update for a while but life got in the way. I needed a moment of procrastination on something else to kick my arse into updating the site and here it is!
So the book is out in the world and is being well received (the fear never goes away). Units are selling, as the suits say, and people are saying nice things on social media, Goodreads and Amazon, and beyond it being made into a film staring Andrew Scott and Kawakami Mieko (I know she’s an author but she’d be perfect as Eri and this is my dream casting not yours) there’s not much more I could ask for.
On October 3rd there was a physical – physical! In person! – launch at the Imaike Library Club in Nagoya which saw me perform in front of a full and socially distanced crowd for the first time in more than a year. It was live streamed and the video is here for your watching. A huge thanks to the library for hosting me in what I hope will be the first of many events there now that we are apparently exiting the end times.
I also recorded a podcast with Deep in Japan, a ramble chat (sorry Adam Buxton but it’s the perfect phrase) about the book, lockdown, Japan, vaccine side effects and a bunch of other stuff. It’s here or wherever you get your podcasts.
This weekend (Saturday 16th October) I will be appearing as part of the Japan Writers Conference. It’s an online affair (sadly for us, as Saturday night at the JWC is one of my highlights of the year, happily for people who wouldn’t have been able to travel to Kanagawa for it). I’ll be talking about the new book but in a more academic and less “buy my book it’s awesome” kind of way. I’ll be talking about writerly advice, drafting, editing, and a new term I learned last year and has fascinated me ever since, autocomposting. There are a bunch of other great writers on over the weekend, including Suzanne Kamata, Karen Hill Anton and a plethora of Isobar poets. Link as and when I have it.
I recorded another podcast, this time Scots Whay Hey alongside my publishers. It should be out any day now and I’m a little worried – it’s audio and video (recording online) and I didn’t realise there was a video component until halfway through so I made no effort to look good or to have appropriate lighting. Probably best to listen to this one, or watch with your eyes closed.
Finally thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the book, particularly those who went through indie bookshops to do so. It’s a small book from a new press and making elbow room is difficult, so thank you all for your efforts.