Dear Marching Historians

Dear People Who March To Protect Our History, I’m sorry to hear that some of you have been caught up with a bad crowd.  The President of the USA himself has made it clear – as well as the white supremacists and KKK, there were good people marching to honour the history of the Confederacy in Virginia, standing up for the right to remember the past and the brave people who fought and died in it.  I getcha – seriously.  Britain is full of statues to charmers like Cecil Rhodes and other bastions of racism, and people as passionate as …

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Adam Roberts & Claire North – Holborn

On August 24th, I will be grilling – grilling I tell you, the legendary and impossible Adam Roberts about his latest book, The Real Town Murders, at Holborn Blackwells in the centre of London. Adam is, I think we can all agree, a weird weird man.  It’s just not right – just not plausible that someone can be that talented and energetic.  As well as turning out insufferably brilliant literature at a fairly relentless novel a year, he’s also a Professor of English Literature at Royal Holloway, and reads more books – and then has goddamn intelligent damn thoughts about …

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What the Actual Incontinence?!

So let’s talk incontinence pads. Without wanting to beat about the bush: old age can suck.  I mean, it can also be awesome, but physically it can sometimes suck, and yes, when you’re in your 90s sometimes bits leak and it’s all horrid and under such circumstances you assign a younger person with a grasp of the internet to buy you incontinence pads because that’s just the only intelligent responce. This is not about urinary incontinence, by the way. It’s about this: I mean… … ok, let’s get some basic thoughts of the way first. Your modelling career sucks if …

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Nine World, August 6th

Nine Worlds! London! Hammersmith! Sunday August 6th! 10 a.m.! I’m doing this: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/nineworlds/en/2017/schedule/552/Limits+of+Horror%3A+When+Does+Thriller+Become+Horror%3F Come play and say hello!

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Translating Yoga

My body is achy and stiff.  Some of this is too much time sitting at a computer.  Some of it is lifting lights.  Some of it is a side-effect of swimming and escrima without stretching (oops).  Some of it is… shudder… just getting a wee bit older. Consequently, I’ve been doing some yoga. I resisted this at first, because I associate yoga with a lot of breathy nonsense.  Which isn’t to say I’m not down with the breathing part – I like a physical exercise that also helps you get your head vaguely straightened out, that gives you a bit …

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Waterstones Norwich, July 31st

Norwich!  (And surrounding environs.) Norfolk as a whole! I’m coming to visit… with Ann Leckie!  ANN LECKIE guys! Because why just win a Hugo Award, when you can also grab the Nebula and Arthur C.Clarke too – and a Kitschie, I should add, as a former Kitschie judge from the year Ancillary Justice won that too. I haven’t been to Norwich for a while – not since I used to go visit my Gran and we’d wander round the cathedral being all ‘ooooh’ and look at the ducks.  I’m looking forward to it, and hope to see people for merriment …

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