"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
what I'm up to at the moment
Hello, folks! I realised that a lot of blog posts recently have been interviews, reviews etc and I hadn't said what I've been up to in a while. So, here we are.
Firstly: it's November, which means it's time to wear reindeer necklaces. This is a fact.
Secondly. My deadline for getting my More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops manuscript to Constable and Robinson is this Friday, so I'm very busy with that, making the finishing touches. Greg's in the process of finishing the cover at the moment (it's looking good!), so I'll be able to show that to you soon.
At the bookshop, we're getting ready for Christmas. Old books make lovely presents, so if you're in London do stop by. We've got some of our stock online, if you fancy a browse. And there are plenty more not catalogued so if you're looking for a specific book you can always drop me an email. We ship worldwide.
At the beginning of the month I had a lovely time at The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, reading with Sophie Collins, Steven Payne and discussing poetry with Christopher Reid. I'm hoping to have my manuscript The Day We Ran Away From The Circus finished by the beginning of January. The poems are a collection I've written over the past eighteen months exploring mythology, freak shows and Otherness. I've also found myself writing some poems in Geordie, recently. It was one of those that I read at Aldeburgh, and it's been fun experimenting with my old dialect.
I was very pleased to find out I'd been shortlisted for Virago's Fifty Shades of Feminism, which will be published next year. Congratulations to Alice Stride, who won. The book is a collection of essays by Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and many other wonderful people. Do check it out when it's released!
So, lots of bookshop-work, lots of writing-work, a few walks on Hampstead Heath, and a mug of mulled wine at Camden Market pretty much sums up life at the moment. I hope you're all well! x
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. Her new book, 'The Bookshop Book' is forthcoming autumn 2014, and she is currently writing her first novel.
Forthcoming 2nd October 2014 (click for details) pre-order
From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.
Sunday 5th October 2014 Wigtown Book Festival 3pm talk about The Bookshop Book, Q&A and signing. Buy tickets. Saturday 11th October exciting event in London - more details soon
Tuesday 14th October 2014 West End Lane Books, London 7:30pm. Talk, Q&A and signing.
Wednesday 15th October 2014 7:30pm-9pm: Waterstones Castle Street, Norwich Chat about 'The Bookshop Book.' Tickets are £6 or £4 for concessions and loyalty card holders, with £3 redeemable against a purchase of the new book on the night. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday 16th October 2014 Blackwell's Oxford 'Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years?' Discussion with Jen Campbell and Mark Forsyth. Tickets £6. More details here.
Saturday 18th October Ebb and Flo Bookshop, Chorley - more details soon
Tuesday 21st October
evening event - more details soon
Wednesday 22nd October George Bayntun, Bath evening event - more details soon
Wednesday 29th October 2014 7:30pm: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry. Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5EA Audience Q&A and signing.
Friday 7th November 2014 Much Ado Books, Sussex evening event - more details soon
Monday 10th November Hull Literature Festival - more details soon
Monday 17th November Shakespeare and Company, Paris evening event - more details soon
Thursday 20th November 2014 Beccles Books - more details soon.
Thursday 27th November 2014 Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye - more details soon
Saturday 6th December 2014 Pritchards, Merseyside - more details soon.