Down to Swansea, to the seaside village of Mumbles yesterday, where I lived for a couple of years at the end of the nineties. Gave a reading from Creatures of the Intertidal Zone to members of a Book Group that’s affiliated to the lovely Cover to Cover independent bookshop, then led a discussion of some of the poems. Really enjoyed it – it was such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. They’d all read the poems in advance and came armed with lots of comments and questions about both the thematic and technical aspects of the work. Would definitely like to do more sessions with Book Groups in the future.

Ended the evening in Verdi’s, one of my all-time favourite cafés, which has a fantastic location right on the sea front overlooking Swansea Bay. When I lived in Mumbles (I had a writing residency and was also doing part-time teaching at Swansea University), I spent many an hour scribbling away in Verdi’s, fortified by an occasional filled foccacia or Italian ice cream! It was great to be back.

6 responses to “Cover to Cover

  1. How amazing to get such a quick reply to the ad on your blog! Where will you be reading in Nov 09? (venues do often tend to book a LONG way in advance – I’ve found that 18+ months isn’t unusual).

    Zimmercom sounds great. How far are you from Chester? I think I’m reading at a Cinnamon event at the Chester Lit Festival in October, though details haven’t yet been confirmed.

  2. I don’t – that’s why I’m asking!

    My job keeps me more or less tied up full time – but I would like to get out more.

    I did put an ad on my blog and got a reply 5 mins later (really) but the booking isn’t until Nov 2009! (yea – that’s not a typo…) but no-one else has asked so far…

    I’m going to Zimmercon in Chester 30th Aug – still waiting to hear whether I can read. I’ll be VERY disappointed if I can’t

  3. A lot by word of mouth. But I do try to contact people ‘cold’ as well. It can be very frustrating though – for every 30 emails I send out I might get one response!

    How about you? How are you doing with getting readings?

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