The bookshop had room for twelve people and that is how many we had, so it was a sellout.
My friend Laura, formerly from She Makes War, now creating music as Penfriend, kindly came to collect me and take me to Bookhaus, a new bookshop in Bristol. If you haven’t bought her recent top 40 album from Bandcamp then you should. On the journey we talked of cold water swimming and Grace Petrie’s recent chart success with her new album. I spied a particularly lovely looking Yayoi Kusama book in the shop, but wisely deprived myself of it. Having been a self propelled rambler for the most of the events, it was enjoyable to be interviewed instead for this event. Dr Hannah Little did a great job and we diverted to talking about what she is working on, a book about extraterrestrial language inspired by the outstanding movie Arrival, based on a Ted Chiang short story (I presume you have seen it, if not you should. And while we are on Amy Adams’ films that you really must see, find Junebug).
Book Haus Bristol
Laura and I then ate in a cargo crate, they are popular places to eat in Bristol.
I was happy to find that KT Tunstall’s utterly delightful documentary about Ivor Cutler was on when I got back to the hotel. The next morning would be the first morning where I truly had tour brain as I looked at the sparse details on my Premier Inn room and wondered which city I had woken up in and where I had to go now (a)Bristol b) Sidmouth). Breakfast was served by a French prestidigitator who showed me his magic coin and we talked of BREXIT and cultures that survive without numbers.
(I will fill you in a little later about the Sidmouth and Exeter, both now in the past of my block Universe – it is now Thursday and I am off to Crickhowell this evening.
Friday, I will be going to Storyville Books in Pontypridd at Lunchtime and then the Volcano theatre in Swansea in the evening. Hope to see some of you there at Shelf Life in Cardiff at 1pm on Saturday, Griffin Books in Penarth at 730pm or Think Tank in Birmingham at 2pm on Sunday. Then, I get 20 hours to go home, wash everything and start again in Oxford on Monday). All Tour dates here.
Order signed and dedicated copies of The Importance of being Interested here.