A Long Election

This blog has been irregular for a while. Basically since from the general election, when I rashly thought it might be kinda groovy to get all involved. And boy… was it an experience.  There’s masses to say, but not world enough or time.  I learnt a lot.  Some thoughts, in no particular order…. You want to get into politics?  Know the law.  Election law.  Rules about fundraising.  Where you can and can’t stand on election day.  Whether you can wear a rosetta with your party’s name on it, or just the colour.  Where you can put posters.  Where you can’t.  …

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Liebes Deutschland

There’s nothing quite as groovy as being invited to visit far-flung lands and conventions to burble about books.  In the last few years, I’ve been made welcome and treated like a princess by book-lovers in Estonia, Spain and Poland, and from the past a few other countries besides. There are few things that make a scribbler quite as happy as realising that there are people who have enjoyed your books in other languages, and who have taken the time to come and tell you – it’s hard to really explain the rush of gratitude and delight. As if that wasn’t …

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Bradford Literature Festival

July!  You guys!  Bradford!  Books! It’s the Bradford Literature Festival and basically, it’s where the magic is at.  Check out the guide here: https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/ It is basically wonderful. Also I’m going to be there for a day!  Twice, in fact.  Two of me are rocking up, both on July 2nd – one version of Kate Griffin, talking about fantastical worlds, and one version of Claire North, talking about djinn. Come say hello!

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Say whaaaaattttt??

Good news, world!  For the last 6 weeks I’ve been helping out on a political campaign, and as a result, my blog hasn’t been inundated with me mouthing off about that stuff, ‘cos I’ve been knackered.  Properly knackered. Bad news, world! Theresa May has promised to scrap human rights in the UK! That should give you an idea of how knackered I’ve been.  It hasn’t been the endless cascade of schools facing budget calamities, or the scrapping of free school lunches; nor plans to force the NHS to sell off its assets to private developers, or the funding crisis in …

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Music Gigs

It is a well-known fact that I know nothing about Popular Culture.  Geekdom… I’m ok.  Not that geeky, but ok.  The rest… not a clue. This ignorance extends to music. Except perhaps… after barely five years of being a gig lighting designer, turns out I do have a few things that I love.  They’re a bit all over the place, thematically, with two caveats.  1.  They’re all fun to light.  2.  Odds are very high that the performers were at no time rude to their technicians, since it’s so much harder to appreciate musical merit when you’re seething with quiet …

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Or Don’t?

Walking home a few days ago, and I was a bit of a mess. Firstly: I was knackered.  Just utterly shattered.  It hurt to blink and I kept on catching myself thinking ‘where am I going again?’ even though these were streets I’ve walked down a thousand times. Secondly: I’d had some bad news.  Hopefully not world-shatteringly bad.  One of those bits of bad news that might be sorta ok but a bit grim for a while… or might be terrible.  (I hasten to add: I’m fine, and it has nothing to do with my wellbeing.) In the past, when …

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