Finns in Edinburgh: St Giles

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Finns in Edinburgh: Canongate Kirk

Of course I was mostly interested in the cemetery — me and the magpies! The poet Robert Fergusson is buried there. While Laura and Risto looked around the church, I wandered among the gravestones. Lots of history here.

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TOA/V: The Bed Sitting Room

As a preamble, let me say WHOOHOO Fox Spirit! Nominated (for the second year in a row) for best small press in the British Fantasy Awards — as well as several other skulk noms. Well done!

I finally got the Blu-Ray/DVD package of The Bed Sitting Room because it came up in conversation on the J G Ballard group. I have long had a very poor recorded-off-television-on-videotape-then-transferred-to-dvd copy. When the beauty of the photography was mentioned I thought ‘huh?’ and since the dual package was cheap (and meant a copy for each residence) I decided to take the (not especially deep) plunge.

And yes of course it’s Peter Cook and Dud and Spike Milligan and a terrific cast of luminaries and Richard Lester, so of interest naturally to any fans of them all. I remember reading the play written by Spike and John Atrobus in the British Library and trying not to laugh too loud as I always seem to be making too much noise there.

We watched it last night and it’s just as mad as I remember. More a meditation on the absurdity of trying to ‘keep calm and carry on’ in the face of nuclear annihilation than a real story. Some funny moments, but it’s mostly sad. It is indeed beautifully shot though, and filmed (alas) on mostly scouted locations of ugliness, pollution and trash. It’s more a curiosity that works well in bits. You could imagine structuring a lecture about post-apocalypse narratives illustrated with various scenes from it.

I am looking forward to the Braden interviews with Cook, Milligan and Lester, all 20-30 minutes each. When I’ve got a moment between translating bee charms and whatnot.

See all the overlooked gems at Todd’s roundup.

Finns in Edinburgh: Part 2

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Finns in Edinburgh, Part 1

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Edge-Lit 4

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Yummy Fox Spirit treats!

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Feral Skulk Leader Adele and Mr Fox plotting

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GrimDark Panel

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Lunchtime is Launch Time

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I got so caught up in the readings that I forgot to take pictures, so this i the only picture of Alec as he helped sort out Fox Spirit biscuits

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I did get a photo of Jo looking nervous despite wearing the proper Skulk tee

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Quite the fancy spread

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A brisk business!

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Joanne Harris chats about Norse mythology and her inspiration for The Gospel of Loki

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Mr Fox and Daz, our editor supreme who makes us all look good.

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Minor zombie outbreak was quickly brought under control.

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The Short Story panel

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Then we headed back to chez Fox; Vince and Kat joined us on Sunday.

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Echo dreams of Fury Road (no puns allowed)

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Back to Scotland with a little Scott in Waverley Station.

Life Just Bounces into Bouchercon!

katelaity:

More reasons to celebrate in Raleigh!

Originally posted on Graham Wynd:

Murder Under the Oaks-200x300I am delighted to say my story ‘Life Just Bounces’ for has been selected for the upcoming Bouchercon anthology Murder Under the Oaks. Plus editor Art Taylor added, “Let me say how much I adored your story!”

Woot! I originally wrote this as a short play and when reminded by Thomas Pluck of the fast-approaching deadline for the anthology, hastily rewrote it as a short story. I still think it would great fun for performance. It made me laugh!

Yes, of course I looted another Fall song title:

See the full table of contents at Down & Out Books so you too can be gobsmacked (seriously, what company to be amongst!) and order a copy if you’re of a mind to do so.

See you at Bouchercon!

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