Novel 'O Man of Clay.' After sea-level rise.

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'O Man of Clay,' set in Hartlepool and Siberia in the near future while the tundra is thawing and the sea level rising, was published in January 2020 by Stairwell Books.

Friday 17 January 2020


Thanks to Peter Woods of HexhamTV for livestreaming 'O Man of Clay' Booklaunch event at the Vault!


 HexhamTV 'O Man of Clay' Booklaunch

It was a marathon. Great venue. Great guest performers. Thanks Ben Haslam for hosting and my publisher, Rose Drew of Stairwell Books, for compering with aplomb and reading poems as a special guest, too. Thanks to all of my guests—George Unthank, Kevin Tilbury, Pauline Plummer and Robin Dale—and to Alan Gillott of Stairwell Books for running the Bookstall and appearing as a special guest poet.

You are stars, one and all.

Also thanks to Valdis for taking care of the technical stuff. And to all of you who came to our underground venue to join in the proceedings. Despite the fact that I seem on 'TV' to be clutching a motley sheaf of disparate papers and not a book at all, it was grand. 

(See 'Press and Media' for a video of the evening) 

World’s End

At the launch of the cli-fi novel,
Maggie quaffs with a studious air
way down in the ground in The Vault,

a trendy stone-cellar affair.
After all, why not raise a glass
while your daughter is yapping on stage;
in my day you just read the book

and a tomb was not quite the rage.
And if, as she says, we're all doomed,
burning or drowning—one of the two—
why not go down with a laugh
getting sloshed in our burial tomb?

Eliza Mood, 17.01.20

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