Stop! The Play

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I’m lighting a play at the moment!  Actually, I’ve been working on it for a while, but tomorrow we go into fit-up for it at Trafalgar Studios and I’ve printed off the plans and the colour call and put my folder in order and done a pre-plot on the ETC offline-editor (because that never goes wrong) and all things considered…. … I am one prepped lighting designer.  Basically. The play in question is called Stop! The Play.  It’s a play in two parts.  In the first half, we see actors rehearsing for a play.  A play that I think I …

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Adventures in… Avignon

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I get a bit of piss-taking from my mates when I tell them I’m going on holiday.  Apparently ‘doing taxes’ and ‘sorting out the flat’ and ‘writing a book’ don’t count as ‘holiday’ to which I say… you guys clearly don’t take relaxing seriously enough. This year, however, I’m totally acing the holiday thing in a way which even my friends have to admit is proper holiday-like.  There’s gonna be some time in America later this year to see my partner’s family, but a few weeks ago there was ALSO four days in Avignon!  Take that, rest and relaxation.   …

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The John W. Campbell Memorial Award

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Harry August is a finalist this year in the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and I’m right chuffed!  It’s a wonderful short list to be on, with some awesome people – including Nina Allan and William Gibson!  It’s also wonderful to see Europe in Autumn there, and especially Bete by the scarily awesome Adam Roberts.  (Confession: I was a bit intimidated by Adam Roberts when I first encountered him, not only because he reads faster than any human I’ve ever met, but because his reading, his writing and his words are so soggy with intelligence you begin to wonder if …

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Some Upcoming Publication Dates….

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So!  Just this once I have some information about publication dates whoop whoop!  I mean, not much, but by my standards this is totally on it… 1.  Touch paperback.  While naturally I’m assuming that everyone who comes here has bought hardback copies of Touch for themselves, their friends, families, loved ones and garrulous strangers in the street, just in case you’re hanging on in there for something a wee bit cheaper, the paperback of Touch is released on August 27th in the UK. 2. … and about two minutes later, the Gameshouse novellas are released as ebooks on November 3rd!  …

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In Praise of… Daredevil

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I clapped and whooped at the final moment of the final episode of series 1 of Daredevil, and whooped again when I read that series 2 was already in development.  It was not the only time I found myself cheering.  Ah Daredevil – Daredevil!  At last the memories of the film-we-do-not-mention is wiped away, and the TV series comes from upon high (or from Netflix) to redeem us!  Bring on your ninjas!  Bring on blind lawyers with supernatural senses, gangsters and corrupt cops!  Bring on beautifully filmed New York at night, and a pervading sense of futility of what we …

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Next!

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So I think we can safely say my holiday is over.  I think it ended a few weeks ago, in fact, ‘cos of all the work.  But!  It hasn’t been unproductive.  As well as… you know… the work… my flat has been cleaned for the first time in whdfkljeiflong, I’ve joined BECTU, sorted out my paperwork, tidied up my finances, read a lot of books, swum a Swimathon and generally calmed down from a bit of a theatre-tastic time. But also, did I mention, the work?  Ignoring the music gigs I’ve been lighting (which I personally feel don’t count as …

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