Coventry Conversation

Posted: May 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events, writing | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I was joined by Amanda Smyth at Coventry University yesterday. We read from our novels (Black Rock, Among Thieves) and answered questions about discipline, process, how much a new writer makes (fuck all), how much we have invested in our creativity (stupid amounts) etc. My answers in parentheses not Amanda’s. We had a good audience and I enjoyed myself, sold some books etc. I’d gone skidding across Coventry looking for copies of our respective books to sell as Amanda’s publisher had cocked up – or someone had – and no books had arrived at the venue – to find that Waterstones in Coventry had precisely one copy of each of our novels. How sad. But it all worked out fine.

Amanda was great fun and we had coffee afterwards with a friend of my daughter’s who turned up out of the blue. I think he was rather overwhelmed as me and Amanda lit gossiped. Between us we demonstrated the six degrees of separation theory. I know one or two people of note but Amanda knows tons of people and I know people who know other people so within a couple of minutes, at two degrees of separation only, we had got to  – Andrew Motion, Catherine O’Flynn, Ali Smith and Salman Rushdie. I danced with a man who danced with a girl – you know the song?

Thanks to John Mair for organising the event – and Coventry University for a free lunch.

Podcast to follow shortly.

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