8 November 2016: Withiel Village Hall, near Bodmin, Cornwall
15 November 2016: Barnett’s Bookshop, Wadhurst, Sussex
Two lovely events in rural England: one a coming together of four book groups; the other hosted by a delightful local bookshop. Good attendances; warm and friendly audiences; plenty of stimulating questions and conversations. Thanks to all who came.
22 October 2016: Parisot Literary Festival, Tarn-et-Garonne
I am not yet a veteran of literary festivals, but I have spoken at a few, and this has been by far the best. It is a miracle to have conceived, and then so brilliantly to have executed, a British literary festival in a remote corner of the French countryside. I was surrounded by people who are vastly better read than I am, who were immersed in what they had come to hear, and who asked a stream of pertinent questions at the end. Before that I had been interviewed, charmingly and perceptively, by Festilitt organiser Liz Stanley. It was a pleasure from beginning to end.
24-26 June 2016: Festival du Roman Noir de Frontignan
I’m not sure I would describe Trading Futures as a roman noir, but that was the least of the incongruities at this delightful festival on the Mediterranean. It was my painful duty, on the first day, to break the news of the referendum result. The universal shock and disbelief was palpable. There was a surreal joint reading with French author Benôit Séverac, where I read extracts from his novel (Le Chien Arabe) in French, while he read extracts from mine in English. Then there were two animated round table discussions with fellow authors. Altogether a wonderful experience. Except for the referendum result.
14-18 March 2016: Book at Bedtime
Trading Futures was Radio 4’s ‘Book at Bedtime’ for the week, the part of Matthew Oxenhay created by the superb Toby Jones. Hear all five parts of the adaptation below:
10 March 2016: Launch of Trading Futures at the London Review Bookshop
What a swell party that was. My grateful thanks to my editor, Ravi Mirchandani, and my old friend, Duncan Baird, for their welcoming speeches, and for all the friends who turned up to support the event. Read Jim’s blog on the event, and watch the video clip of his reading from the novel, and the video clips of the welcoming speeches.
3 March 2016: Bath Literature Festival – Literary Death Match
The Literary Death Match isn’t literature in the way that 20:20 isn’t cricket, but in both cases it’s vastly entertaining and pulls in a swathe of new people. Here’s the event in Bath on Thursday, 3 March, judges poised behind the author for the kill (just kidding). Thanks to Adrian Todd Zuniga for inventing the format, and for compering the show. And to the judges and fellow competitors. (The winner was Paul M M Cooper. If one cares about that sort of thing. Which of course one doesn’t. In the slightest. It’s not as if it was a Test match.)