I am The People’s Friend’s ‘Writer of the Week’. Hurrah!
Actually, I have done very little to achieve this accolade, apart from send them a story which is appearing in this week’s issue of the magazine.
You will have noticed, if you keep an eye on The People’s Friend’s excellent website, that every week they feature one of their writers. It’s just my turn, I suppose.
Anyway, it was fun answering the questions because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like talking about themselves?!
Talking of interviews, novelist Joanna Cannon (of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie fame), is coming to Evesham Festival in June and I’ve got the lovely job of interviewing her! Exciting and very scary all at the same time because I’ve never done anything like that before.
If you want to come and listen to Joanna talk about writing and her books (and see me possibly making a fool of myself), then the event is in Evesham on Sunday 30th June, from 3pm – 4pm and it’s only £6 for a ticket (on sale here now!). I am going to stake my reputation (because it was my idea to invite her) on this event being a sell-out because – well, it’s Joanna Cannon! But we’ll see!
Joanna Cannon writes ‘Up Lit’ (although I know she’s currently writing something a bit different) and I’ve just finished reading Meet Me at The Museum by Anne Youngson, which I would consider to be ‘Up Lit’ too.
It’s an epistolary novel (that sounds vaguely medical but it means, as I’m sure you know, a novel written in the form of documents. Usually – and in this case, letters – but it can also be emails, newspaper clippings or diary entries).
What really pleased me about this book, when I first picked it up, was the photo of the author on the inside back cover. Because Ms Youngson is not.. well, not young. I’m sure she won’t mind me saying that, as much has been made about the fact that she was the oldest (at 71) debut novelist to ever be shortlisted for a Costa award.
It’s refreshing to see a well-received novel (especially a debut) by someone who’s not a twenty-something, pouting model-type (because sometimes – especially when competitions ask for your AGE – it feels like that’s what the publishing industry is looking for). It gives me HOPE – and perhaps, you too.
In other news, I met my friend Beanchild (don’t ask) today for coffee and we pondered, when hers arrived, whether it was a heart or a bottom on the top. What d’you think?