….to Durham, to the Book Festival – a rare public sighting – where I was proud to be one of the judges that selected The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth as the winner of 2014 Gordon Burn Prize.
As I said in a statement I believe this book to be a classic that should be read by all.
It was great to meet my favourite artist George Shaw, who presented the award, and some of the other shortlisted authors in attendance. Lovely people. The full shortlist also included The Valley by Richard Benson, The Kills by Richard House, The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing, American Interior by Gruff Rhys and The Free by Willy Vlautin. I recommend all of them.
The following day I was photographed (in a bush, under a concrete underpass – a teenage drinking spot) by photographer Julian Germain for an exhibition of author portraits that opens in 2015. More details as and when….
I also popped into Durham Cathedral to the see the opening of my poetry exhibition / book Heathcliff Adrift, a collaboration with photographer Nick Small. IT IS ON DISPLAY NOW. More details here. And details of the official launch this week here.
The highly limited edition book is available for £10.
I’ll post details when it can be purchased online.