Category Archives: Books

Yesterday on Ujima – Manuelita, Barnett, Pinborough & WEP

Yesterday’s radio seemed to go off OK. Here’s the traditional round-up post. We began with a live interview with the fabulous Tamsin Clarke of the Popelei Theatre Company. Much of the conversation was about Manuelita, the one-woman play based on … Continue reading

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Bristol Celebrates Angela Carter

As some of you will know, Angela Carter attended Bristol University and stayed in the city for many years after graduating. A major new exhibition celebrating her life and work is opening at the weekend. Bristol 24/7 has a preview … Continue reading

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Michael Dillon, the Autobiography

The autobiography of the pioneering trans man, Michael Dillon, mailed to his publisher shortly before his death in 1962, has finally been published this month. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and my review of the book … Continue reading

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Book Review – Wake of Vultures

It is sad but true that when cis people tell me they have read a really great book about a trans character they are often wrong. Cis people’s understanding of what it means to be trans is often way off … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Art, Books, Steampunk

It was a busy Women’s Outlook show on Ujima yesterday. It started with a full studio as three artists came to tell me all about this year’s North Bristol Arts Trail. SF&F readers will be most interested in the work … Continue reading

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Book Review – Dreadnought

I suspect that I am probably a little too close to this book to be fully objective about it. A superhero novel about a trans girl, written by a trans woman? Of course I lapped it up. But it is … Continue reading

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Pirates of Bristol – #Piracity

The fabulous Eugene Byrne has done an short essay for the Piracity crowdfunding campaign about Bristol’s connection to pirates. There really are quite a lot of them. You can read his essay here.

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A Virtual Pirate Party

Thanks to some conversations during Eurocon, the lovely people at The Future Fire have offered to run a virtual pirate party this coming weekend to help raise awareness for the Piracity crowdfunding campaign. Details are available here. I’m going to … Continue reading

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Eurocon Day 2

Kevin and I were planning to spend the morning on Ian Watson’s Orwell Walking Tour, which visited locations in the city mentioned in the author’s book, Homage to Catalonia. However, the tour group ended up being so large that it … Continue reading

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River Kingdom Availability

Copies of Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom are available through all of the usual channels now. Links are provided here. Amazon will probably tell you that the book is out of stock and will take weeks to re-order. That’s … Continue reading

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Some #Piracity FAQs

I have posted a bunch of FAQs on the Piracity campaign page (go here, scroll to the bottom). The most important stuff is about the size of the final book, and how the money will be used. As I say … Continue reading

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Strong Women of Bristol

Photo by Becky Walsh. Panel is (left to right) Jean Burnett, Lucienne Boyce, Deenagh Miller and me. Yesterday I did a Festival of Literature panel (“Storied of Strong Women”) in a cemetery. Well, in the Anglian Chapel at a cemetery. … Continue reading

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Introducing Piracity

Well, here we go, wayyyyy out of the comfort zone. Wizard’s Tower has launched its first Kickstarter project. What does that mean? I means I get to publish a book that pays professional rates, and that means that Jo and … Continue reading

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Bristol Weather Hates Me

When I did the event with Stuart Milk at Bristol University in February it rained heavily. Bristol traffic is bad enough at the best of times, but when it rains the city hits gridlock very quickly. The combination of bad … Continue reading

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River Kingdom Availability Update

Having made the paper edition of Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom available for pre-order, Amazon appears to have withdrawn it again. I’m assuming it will come back in a few days when it hits the publication date. In the … Continue reading

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Book Review – Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time

As I noted earlier today, one of the panels I am on at BristolCon is about how small presses can publish books with much more diversity in them than those of mainstream publishers. We aren’t trapped by the need to … Continue reading

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Book Review – When The Moon Was Ours

It is a rare thing to read a book by a young author new to you and think, “wow, here’s a superstar in the making”. It is also a rare thing to read a book and think, “wow, this is … Continue reading

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Bristol LitFest Reminder

The Bristol Festival of Literature is now underway. The first events took place last night. This is therefore a good opportunity to remind you of where I will be next week. Tomorrow I’ll be popping into Bristol Museum to hear … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Bristol Festival of Literature

I was hosting the Women’s Outlook show on Ujima again yesterday. The entire show was devoted to the Bristol Festival of Literature, which starts today. The first half hour was devoted to the panel that I am chairing on Monday … Continue reading

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River Kingdom on Amazon

Those of you keen to get hold of a copy of the new Juliet McKenna book, Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom, can now find it available to pre-order on Amazon. The US page is here, the Canadian page is … Continue reading

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