A couple of events in the next two weeks. Come along if you can. The first is at Crickhowell Literary Festival – at 7:30pm on October 1st. I’ll be talking to Horatio Clare, or he’ll be talking to me.

The second is at Penarth Literature Festival – at 2:30 on October 9th, a date better known for being (son) Edwyn’s birthday. There Oliver Balch and I will be talking to Jasper Fforde, in some combination, with all eyes on the Welsh borders.

Actually, now I think of it/ look at the calendar: 7pm, October 13th, Cardiff Waterstones. I’ve been charged with grilling Max Porter about his glorious Grief Is the Thing With Feathers. I’ve always avoided the chairing role before so we will see what comes of that.

Westminster Abbey


Have a look at this sermon given at Matins on 24th July in Westminster Abbey, which takes Addlands as its starting point. I did, I admit, have to read it two or three times to appreciate it properly – the idea of Addlands being discussed from any pulpit, and then that pulpit, took me a while to get used to – but David Stanton gives a very generous and considered reflection on the book, and his views on the role of the church within a community are deeply felt and, for me, very refreshing.

Next couple of weeks

A couple of events in the next couple of weeks:

August 3rd, 11am- 1pm: Ar Yr Ymylon/ On the Edge – Christopher Meredith and I will be discussing borders and books and such things in the Cabin of Curiosities, 15 Nevill Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5AA.

August 7th, 11:45am-12:30pm: Wilderness Festival – Lorna Gibb, Sarah Moss and I will be talking about… whatever we’re talking about. I’ll be on about Addlands anyway…

Hope to see you there.

American Addlands!


With beneath it a draft of something new, including the words “of”, “ground”, “intermingling” and “Valley”. This is the trouble with writing the same passages long-hand, over and over and over, making minute changes each time – handwriting becomes a sort of personal code, of no use at all when suddenly you’re called upon to use it in reality.

RTE Arena


Here‘s an interview I did with Sean Rocks for RTE Arena on Friday. He was in Dublin. I was in a Stasi-era cupboard in Cardiff.

Actually that link seems unwilling to comply. Easiest probably to put “Addlands” in the RTE Radio search bar.

Some signings…


Should you be around I’ll be doing some signings in the next couple of weeks. Viz,

Friday 15th July – Waterstones Cardiff (2A The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1WB)

Saturday 16th July – Waterstones Abergavenny (4 High St, Abergavenny NP7 5RY)

Saturday 23rd July – Waterstones Carmarthen (14-15 Guildhall Square, Carmarthen SA31 1PR)

All at 12 noon. It’d be lovely to see you…

Things today

Here are some things from today:

  1. Open Book – lovely session in Cardiff with Gwen Davies, Jon Gower and Lleucu Siencyn. And Mariella Frostrup, who is ultra as you would expect…
  2. 3 a.m. review from James Tookey, which points out things I hadn’t noticed, which is saying something given how many thousands of times I must have read it.
  3. And Addlands is August choice in The Bookseller, which is great though I don’t have a link for that so I can’t pass it on. It would be nice if there were a picture in this post. I’ll look for one now.

There we are