This month I was interviewed by the really lovely Laura Piper for STV for a new online magazine that STV are doing. You can read the interview here (I sound quite coherent considering I’d just come back from a four day hen weekend.)
The other exciting thing that happened this month was Trackman being used as a ‘dataset’ at Culture Hack 2012. Culture Hack is basically a lot of very clever people coming up with innovative and digital ways to present the ‘datasets’ in 24 hours. See here for more information.
Here’s what they came up with:
YarnSpinner – A cool app for Trackman
Insta-trackman – Really nice images with Trackman text incorporated
Project Research Studio – Interactive text installation for Trackman
Not posted for a while, so here’s an update of all recent Trackman related things. I do have a good excuse for not being online as I was getting married and then spending an idyllic honeymoon on Islay. It’s tough getting back to reality!
First up, a nice review in Northwords Now.
Secondly, the lovely Ali George interviewed me for the blog Ten Tracks.
Finally, here’s the link to an interview/reading I did recently at the City Cafe in Edinburgh recorded for Summerhall TV.
There’s a nice review of Trackman in the Scotland on Sunday today. I was very excited (although slightly freaked out) to find out that my review was alongside reviews for new books from both Irvine Welsh and Iain Banks. Two amazing writers who have been a huge influence on me!
Anyway, here’s the link to the Trackman review – Scotland on Sunday
I’ll be appearing at the City Cafe on Friday 30th March as part of the Ceilidh Culture festival. I’ll be there for the Luath Press Off The Page event, alongside Alistair Findlay.
Advertised as an ‘eclectic evening of performance poetry, fizzing fiction and perhaps a tune or two,’ and only £3, you know that sounds like a good night out!
For more information and to book tickets online, please follow this link – Ceilidh Culture
I’m pleased to say that Trackman is now available from Amazon for your Kindle reading pleasure.
I’ve also had a couple of recent reviews which were very kind and may persuade you to part with your cash –
Subtle Melodrama Book Reviews
Tune in to Leith FM on Sunday night to hear me chatting with Laura Kerr about Trackman and playing music featured in the book. I might read an extract too if I can find something suitable with no swearing in it!
It all starts at 10pm and you can listen online here – Leith FM
I’ll be in Waterstones on Princes Street in Edinburgh this Saturday (18th), signing copies of Trackman.
I’ll be there from 12 – 1pm. Please come and say hello, otherwise I’ll be forced to accost unwitting shoppers instead.
Phew, well it’s been an exciting week. I had the official Trackman launch on Wednesday evening at Blackwell’s. I was very nervous beforehand (especially when I arrived early and saw all the empty seats) but I really enjoyed myself. Thanks to James Anderson of Blackwell’s for engaging me in conversation about the book and for helping to make the launch such a success. I was really grateful for all the support I got on the night. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes and to those who made it along, thanks so much for turning empty seats into people!
Fast forward to today and I have my first official review in The Herald. They’ve even made Trackman paperback of the week which is overwhelming. So, wow, I’m really happy that people seem to like the book so far.
I’ve posted a copy of the Herald review below but here’s a link to the online version too:
Trackman will be officially launched at Blackwell’s, South Bridge, Edinburgh on Wednesday 8th February at 6.30pm. Please come along and hear me reading and talking about the book. You can also get £2 off if you want to buy Trackman and I will be signing copies for anyone who wants my squiggle messing up their book!
Here’s me posing with Trackman in the style of a footballer advertising their autobiography (that’s what the very nice photographer told me the pose was).
So, I spent yesterday lunchtime getting my photo taken up Blackford Hill for The Evening News. They’ve done a nice wee feature on me and the book today which is good. Here it is below, with me looking slightly windswept!