Summer! The rain is interrupted with bursts of sun, the whiteflies are ruining my nasturtiums, and The Draft is very nearly here! This anthology contains stories from all of this year’s Warwick writing MA students, including one set in the same alternative-Bangkok as the novel I’m working on. It’s also been a fantastic learning experience – I’ve done funding, publicity, events and publishing work on this project and it’s helped me get my head around the ‘other side’ of book-making. I’m making this post so I can share a couple of things:
1) The cover art…
Isn’t it AMAZING? I completely flipped out the first time I saw it. It was done for us by the incomparable Peter Blegvad, cartoonist and singer-songwriter (whose comic Leviathan you should check out, like, right now). The back is also awesome, with different bits on it… you’ll have to buy the book to see it though 😉
2) The newly revamped Draft website. It’ll be kept up-to-date with news about the book, and currently has details about our upcoming events.
3) The book launch! It will be in London, at St. Anne’s Church in Soho, on Monday 11 July. Wine, music, readings and a friendly crowd of writers and industry folk – join us! It’ll be lovely, I promise. There’s even cake. And nibbles (I’m doing the nibbles, and trust me, I’m handy with an oven). Here‘s a facebook page for the event.
The book costs only five of your GBP and is available for pre-order – email WarwickMAinWriting@gmail.com for more info.
Finally, a couple of lovely blurbs that made me squee:
There is a fierce joy about the pieces here: a sense that authors are revelling in making the impossible believable ~ A. L. Kennedy
The writers in this anthology demand to be taken seriously as storytellers and their inscriptions burn clearly in the memory ~ Fred D’Aguiar