Launch Barnard Castle, 6th December

JOINT EVENT: PRE-LAUNCH of O Man of Clay by Eliza Mood and LAUNCH of The Chernobyl Privileges by Alex Lockwood

'O Man of Clay' was previewed on the 6th December 2019 prior to its launch on 16th January 2020. Alex Lockwood and I read extracted from our books at an event held in Barnard Castle at the Guild room, the Parish hall of St. Mary's Church.

The evening was hosted by No. 5 Coffee Shop and Curlews Books - a wonderful bookshop with an imaginative proprieter: second hand and new, sofas and table and coffees in lively surroundings with a hum of talk and much going on. The occasion was the Christmas meeting of Teesdale Action on Climate Transition. As well as readings from the two books, my editor, Rose Drew of Stairwell books chaired a talk about the contribution literature might make to the climate debate among other matters: Alex, Rose and I talked and the audience got involved. School gardens were raised and dug over. Robin Dale sang some great Teesdale songs by Graeme Miles - including Sea Coal and Greatham Marshes. An interesting evening. (I will add a picture soon.)

If you haven't yet read the Chernobyl Privieges by Alex Lockwood, I urge you to do so: a great read, a gradual and meticulously structured build up, a compelling story with powerful resonances. (Coverpic. soon if I can get one in a compatible format).


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