If you're horrified by news from the United States this week you may want to sign this open letter expressing support for all those affected by the overturning of Roe vs Wade. What else can we do?
Quiet a lot, as it happens. Here's another link to a list of ten US abortion rights organisations that you can donate to:
Where was I? Oh yes: For this newsletter I welcome suggestions from authors, indie publishers, press agents and creative practitioners of all kinds, in any medium, so please email me with anything you’d like to share with our readers in future issues.
And don’t forget that you're also invited to the live online gathering on Sundays at 7:30pm UK time. They are always free to join (but donations to The Trussell Trust or your local equivalent outside the UK are appreciated). Details of this week's gathering are in the newsletter. Do join us.
Let me know if you’d rather not receive this regular update and I’ll happily stop bothering you.
Let’s stick together.
1 Aid for Ukraine
ROAR (Russian Oppositional Arts Review) Issue 2
2 This week’s online gathering
3 Indie press news
Galley Beggar Press
4 Clare Hutton's Bloomsday lecture
5 Harry Parker at the Wellcome
6 Let Joyce be uncoffined!
7 Borges...Burgess, Burgess..Joyce: an Irwell Foundation podcast
8 Work in progress
9 The Edge Hill Prize
10 Victoria Kennefick klaxon
11. Natalia Zagorska-Thomas: two shows
13 Next week's gathering
14 Me and My Spoon
15 Two Dublin chums
1. Aid for Ukraine
I open with this message every week, with wearisome predictability as the war drags on.
You’ll have many calls on your time and generosity when it comes to supporting the people of Ukraine and the ghastly term ‘compassion fatigue’ has been circulating for so long that we're all experiencing compassion fatigue fatigue.
This weekly newsletter will continue to highlight some of the less visible initiatives but the most far-reaching programme is the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. You can donate quickly and easily here.
2. This week’s online gathering
This week's online gathering (starting at 7:30pm) will feature the poet Aea Varfis-van Warmelo performing her extraordinary new piece ‘Lacrymatory’; author David Hayden’s new short story ‘Good Pizza’ will be read by Stephanie Ellyne, followed by a conversation with the author. We'll have a first appearance by poet Abigail Parry and, and I'll be marking the re-issue of Stan Barstow's classic novel A Kind of Loving.
You'll get a unique Zoom link at 6:30pm UK time - please join us.
Aea Varfis-van Warmelo
3. Indie Press news
It's suddenly gone very quiet out there. Publishers? Indie publishers? Hit me up, as they say.
Galley Beggar Press
One welcome arrival in the post this week, from Galley Beggar Press, is an advance copy of MY MIND TO ME A KINGDOM IS by Paul Stanbridge. This is his second novel (I blogged about it back in 2016) Since then Paul has created the astonishing Encyclopaedia of St Arbuc which featured on the final show of my online series Carthorse Orchestra in October 2021. The audience that night will never forget the revelation of this magnificent, demented, game-changing, life-enhancing project.
So the arrival of a new novel by Paul Stanbridge is a Very Big Thing and I hope the author will join our Glue Factory gathering to share some thoughts. My advance copy sits, still wrapped, on my desk, giving off a low steady thrum of genius. You can read an extract here
Featured on last Sunday's gathering, Deceit by Yuri Felsen is now available from Prototype Press in an elegant translation by Bryan Karetnyk. A long-lost modernist masterpiece, iy can be bought direct from the publishers here
To mark the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, Dr Clare Hutton delivered a Bloomsday lecture entitled 'a gaud of amber beads', about Ulysses, Feminism and Biography. It's now available for all to watch online and warmly recommended.
Details and tickets here https://wellcomecollection.
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