NEW BOOK – THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS – ALAN HOWARD (OUT NOW)

Friday, 27 May 2011

To complete the Circle…

The Self-Publisher Author Daily launched today with two refs linking to this blog, tweeted to me by Lorna Suzuki.
Paper’s URL is:
http://paper.li/novelpublicity/1296864766#!tag-selfpublishing
So I just thought I’d complete the circle.

All the Rage, #lessinterestingbooks

On a really stupid note, here are my contribs to

Pyjamas – Alessandro Baricco (a brief romance)

Heart of Darkness – Conrad Black

Turds’ Pong – Sebastian’s Fault.

Hanger – Not Hamstrung.

Witty, huh?

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Illustrated Gormenghast – review coming soon!

Cape’s Vintage Books are kindly providing this illustrating fanatic and writer of fantasy to pore over and review the many previously unpublished illustrations of Mervyn Peake in this new hardback edition of the Gormenghast Trilogy to be published by Vintage Books on the 7th July. (more than 100 illustrations).
Published in the same day in paperback Titus Awakes, by Maeve Gilmore  from a fragment, prefaced by Brian Sibley (see radio prod. below).

Also.
On 9th July, Mervyn Peake's actual birthday, an exhibition of work by both him and his widow Maeve Gilmore opens.
Paintings and drawings by both artists will be on show at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP.

Finally, Brian Sibley’s new radio adaptation of Gormenghast is going into production.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Joined GoodReads website today (not sure what it is yet)


 The application form tickled me:

Interests — favorite subjects, or really anything you know a lot about.
The three I’s:Illustration, Idleness and Me.

What kind of books do you like to read?
The three F’s:Fantasy, Fiction and Philosophy.

About me — my own personal canvas to express myself.
Imagine a portrait of a young man of lean build, with dark brown shoulder-length hair, dark penetrating eyes, fine nose, sensitive lips with moustache and goatee beard, smooth limbed and easily tanned, often mistaken for those portraits of Jesus. You get the picture?
Scroll on forty years and you’re there!
In the peripatetic journey between, this young man has been a steel-tube cutter, news photographer, cartoonist, graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph (an English newspaper), illustrator of fact and fiction for publishers and publisher.
He has raised a five-a-side boys’ football (soccer) team and girl referee with his long-suffering wife who has finally relegated him to a shed at the bottom of the garden in which to play out his remaining fantasies which he logs in detail on his blog: http://alangilliland.blogspot.com while his more transient ejaculations appear on his twitter thing, OnundTreefoot.