Back in December last year, Kyle Coma-Thompson and I recorded a podcast episode for Full Stop. I was dialling in from a hotel room in Melbourne, Kyle from his home in Louisville, morning where I was, evening where he was. We were recording the episode to talk about 926 Years – the book we co-authored for Joshua Rothes’ Sublunary Editions, due out in January 2020.
The invitation from Full Stop to be on the podcast was a thrill to receive for a few reasons: firstly, talking about our new little book would be a delight; secondly, it was partly through Full Stop that Kyle and I originally connected; and finally, Kyle and I had not only never met but we had also never spoken before. The writing and all of our many exchanges over a few years took place strictly via email – chatting with Kyle after all that time was a very exciting prospect.
I think you’ll understand me when I say: that seems like a lifetime ago. After the recording, I met my partner for coffee and cake in a busy inner-city cafe, still very much buzzing from my chat with Kyle. Lordy, life seemed so simple back then.
So, it was a pleasant surprise to see the podcast appear, now on the Full Stop Patreon page, and soon for public consumption. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to support Full Stop and listen to the episode. Otherwise, I will post an update when the podcast is live to the public.
Listen at the Full Stop Patreon page
With thanks to Max and Jesse.
Translation as Séance, my interview with Saudamini Deo about her forthcoming translations for Seagull Books, has been published by Asymptote. We cover a lot of territory in eight questions – Saudamini talks to me about forgotten Hindi writers, translation, literary politics and what creativity means to her.
It was a pleasure to talk to S about her work – be sure to check Seagull Books for release dates. With thanks to Sarah from Asymptote.
My interview with Jaipur-based writer, editor and translator Saudamini Deo about her upcoming translations of writing by forgotten Hindi writers for Seagull Books has been previewed in Asymptote’s June 2020 newsletter.
I spoke to Saudamini about everything from why we forget writers to what she thinks of creativity. The full interview is forthcoming on the Asymptote blog.
So the Dead Man is finally dying, dies, dead… my piece The Dead Man’s Death has been published in the June 2020 edition of RIC Journal.
I hope you like this one – it was a nice one to write, appeared in my head and simply needed to be set down, adjusted a little, polished and then sent.
Thanks as always to Saudamini.
My piece The Dead Man’s Gun has been published in the May 2020 edition of the ever-mysterious RIC Journal.
The Dead Man shifts and shakes based on mood or the position of the stars – I’m never sure where I will find him or where he will end up, especially in the era of the virus. It is always a thrill to have his deeds and wanderings appear in RIC – thanks to Saudamini, as always.
Some good news in the bad: RIC Journal has returned. If there was ever a good time to return from the dead, it is now.
Not only that, the April 2020 edition features my piece The Dead Man’s Nightmare. It is always, always a pleasure to be published in RIC’s pages – they always welcome the Dead Man with open arms.
With thanks, as usual, to Saudamini.
This is the recording of a reading from 27 August 2018 of my short story Faulkner On The Balcony, originally published in Burning House Press.
Forgot about it, don’t remember why I made it, but found it the other day in my voice memos.
Couple of recent reviews have appeared and both really get to the meat of 926 Years.
Read That Nevertheless Sky We All Live Below by Edwin Turner.
Read An Obscure Constellation by Daniel Davis Wood.
Turner and Davis Wood follow different paths but come to similar conclusions. From David Wood: “To all intents and purposes, the two authors might as well be one.” A real thrill to be written on by two readers I admire a lot.
Sublunary’s publisher Joshua Rothes has also been interviewed at Splice by Davis Wood about the press, how 926 Years came together and on editing Kyle and I. Read Literature More Like Jazz.
Buy 926 Years.
My Paris Review piece on the now-infamous 2018 Gerald Murnane conference in Goroke, Victoria will be published as part of Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One, papers from and inspired by the conference.
The collection is edited by Professor Anthony Uhlmann of Western Sydney University; it was a thrill to be asked by Anthony to have the piece not only included but to be used as the introduction for the book. Also great to be sharing pages with some of the best writers and critics in the country, including Murnane himself.
Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One is published by Sydney University Press on 02 March 2020. Buy the book here.
So here’s that other thing I hinted at in the post on my review of The Fool: my interview with French writer Anne Serre has been published by Asymptote.
Fiction as Seduction is part five of my eight questions with writers series. Won’t go into too much detail but I’ve done the work on way more than five interviews, they just haven’t quite worked out… Anne was an absolute delight to work with.
With thanks to Sarah.