A WORD ABOUT EVENTS AND BOOKINGS
I am often invited to give readings from or to talk about my fiction in venues ranging from book shops to galleries, arts centres, pubs, libraries, lecture theatres, museums, nightclubs and performance art venues across the UK and around the world: from California to Croatia, Soho to Sydney. From the National Portrait Gallery to the Gothic maserpiece that is St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (above). I have read at literature festivals, universities and art schools, at conferences, spoken word gigs, music festivals and birthday celebrations.
I enjoy giving live readings, and see this as a central part of my work as a writer, so if you run a literary event or a talks programme and are interested in booking me to read or participate in some way then please feel free to get in touch as far in advance as possible with as much information about your event(s) as you can. I need to know where and when it will be (venue, date, time etc), what kind of event it is, as well as information about travel and accommodation, and when you need me to send you any blurb and press photos by. It would also be useful to know more about the audience and how you plan to publicise the event.
You should also let me know what the fee is. I mention money because this is what I do for a living, and I think that writers should be paid and expenses should be covered. Too often it seems that everyone but the writer (the festival staff, the crew, the bar staff, the DJ, etc.) is being paid! FYI, the Society of Authors suggest a basic author appearance fee of £150.00 plus expenses.
However, I do know that some events, and arts projects of various kinds, can be run on less than a shoestring, and that payments are not always possible, especially if you’re trying to start something from scratch. I’ve done this myself; started things from scratch. I know that sometimes it is a kind of miracle if things come together at all. I also know that there are other kinds of value than purely financial. So, long-short, artists and writers should be paid, but it is also true that if I need the warm-up or if I’m simply into what you’re doing then I still might. Just ask.
For regularly updated information about forthcoming gigs and events (and an events archive) see the listings page on my website.