I’ve been eating curry and drinking beer at somebody else’s expense again. My publisher’s marketing supremo – hi, Claire – had a great idea to take six science fiction and fantasy authors to lunch, then film the subsequent outpouring of Wildean wit and scintillating conversation to entertain both sales reps and the wider world.
This probably looked very good on paper.
I have a sneaking suspicion there will probably be only a couple of minutes of useable footage, in-between Robert Rankin’s lurid and libellous accounts of XXXX doing XXXXX to XXXX with a XXXX, and several other off-colour stories from fellow diners Rob Grant, Adam Roberts, Joe Abercrombie and Tom Lloyd which would probably result in a multi-million pound pay-out if they ever saw the light of day.
But we had a great deal of fun, and the food at Covent Garden’s Raj restaurant was excellent. When the final “promotional” film is made available – the first one ever to result in a drop in sales – I will, of course, post it here. You have been warned.
Yesterday I gave a very successful lecture at the world-famous Tate Britain art gallery in London, entitled â€˜Myth, Memory and the Art of Richard Daddâ€™. The event was a sell-out, and also pretty ground-breaking on several fronts. I was one of the first â€“ if not the first â€“ genre writer to be invited to the Tate to give a lecture for one of their rightly-acclaimed study days. And personally, it was one of the most high-profile appearances Iâ€™ve made.
I only have praise for the staff and academics at the Tate who treated both myself, and the genre, with a great deal of respect. Before the lecture, the audience toured the gallery to see Daddâ€™s work and many took the opportunity to ask me about my opinions on the artist and his work. After that I gave the lecture, touching on not only my interest in Dadd and my novella about his most famous painting, â€˜The Fairy Fellerâ€™s Master Strokeâ€™, but also about other authors influenced by Dadd â€“ Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, Robert Rankin and more. We followed this with an at times intense debate with an art historian about the meaning of Daddâ€™s work, and a couple of readings from The Fairy Feller novella.
The novella has gone from strength-to-strength since it won the British Fantasy Award four years ago. The limited edition by PS Publishing has nearly sold out, and the added attention from this Tate event has created interest from across the world. Now I need to find a mainstream publisher interested in reprinting it as part of a collection so it can reach a wider audience.