States Of Independence

On Saturday March 20th I’ll be appearing at the Independent Press Day at Leicester De Montfort University as part of a free festival called ‘States Of Independence’. I’ll be reading, talking and answering questions about ‘The Pretender’ and literary forgery from 2 to 2.40pm. The day runs from 10.30-4.30 and there’s more good stuff going on than anyone could possibly take in. Full programme here. If I wasn’t speaking, I’d be listening to Tindal St novelists Maria Allen and Will Buckingham at 2, or the poet Gregory Woods. As it is, I’m undecided what to do at 1. Should I go and see my old mucker Peter Mortimer talking about Camp Shatila, or wonderful children’s writer Berlie Doherty (whose ‘A Beautiful Place For A Murder’ I edited) talking about how to write place? Or I could skip both to see fine poet Mike Wilson, who I was at university with. The 12 slot presents similar clashes between old friends, former students and new friends, but I think I’ve agreed to intro Anthony Cartwright and Rod Madocks, so that gets me out of offending the others. It should be a great day. If you’re within an hour of Leicester, I expect to see you there!


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