Maggie Hamand who runs the Complete Creative Writing Courses, and the Treehouse Press, have collected and edited twenty-one stories from students on Maggie’s courses. The stories will be published under the title COLLAGES in September and I’m thrilled that a section from the beginning of my third novel, For the Love of Life, has been included. Thank you, Maggie.
And the thing I’d love to have invented this month is Meike Zeirvogle‘s Peirene Press. Named for a spring in ancient Corinth it publishes short contemporary European literature. I discovered it after reading a TLS review of The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke.
The Mussel Feast is bleak, lucid and funny and written as if it’s one long letter to the reader, without chapter breaks. And it is much much more than it seems to be, on the surface. I’ve just subscribed to The Peirene Press and am seriously looking forward to the next book they send (and to seeing its cover: all their covers are beautifully elegant). And for those of you who live in or can get to London, Zeirvogle hosts literary salons ‘Unlike any other literary gathering’ [John Walsh, The Independent] from time to time.