It’s that time again – back out there to promote the PURPLE PAPERBACK edition of Hollow Pike! I’ll be popping up at a few awesome things this autumn so thought I’d list them all in one place.
First up on MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST is BRIXTON BOOK JAM. This one is a must for book fans of ALL genres. One evening, one pub, about ten different writers reading all different types of writing – prose and poetry. Plus it’s at a PUB THAT DOES FOOD. What more do you want. It all kicks off at 7.30pm at the Hootananny, just down from Brixton tube. It’s a fab night out.
TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER will see me at the Huddersfield Examiner Literary Lunch. Can’t wait to get OOP NORTH. I have no idea what a literary lunch is. I will report back.
WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER is VERY EXCITING, it’s my first northern public signing at LEEDS WATERSTONES. I’ll be in the kids section from 4-6 pm signing Hollow Pike and generally lurking. Please do come along and say hi!
FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER: I’ll be appearing on Radio Croydon at 7pm, talking about Hollow Pike, books, music and gayness. More than that I’VE REQUESTED BAD ROMANCE. Tune in if you can!
27th OCTOBER: So excited for this one it’s FOYLES FEARFEST 3! Along with Karen Mahoney (The Iron Witch), CJ Daugherty (Night School), Ruth Warburton (A Witch In Winter) and many more, we’ll be discussing the allure of the supernatural 2-4pm at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Tickets are free – reserve your place HERE!
31st OCTOBER: Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with a trio of terror at West End Lane Books in North London. Myself, bestselling Michelle Harrison of Thirteen Treasures/Unrest fame and Night School scribe CJ Daugherty will be reading scary stories and answering questions. The event is 6.30-8 on Halloween night! Let’s raise some hell!
WIth that many dates, you have no excuse not to pop along for a kiki and a bag of Haribo, right? Can’t wait to see friends old and new!
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No one chooses their sexual orientation.
No one chooses where in the world they are born.
In countries listed above, it is illegal to form same-sex partnerships*.
Something a little bit different, but a lot more important on the blog this week. From where I write in London, England, I feel blessed that I am able to live and love with freedom. LGBT people in the west face prejudice and discrimination every day, but in the very least, we have legal rights protecting us. Any person, gay or straight, who wants to see equality for all, has to fight. Even when it seems hard, it is so much easier to be LGBT in the UK than it is in an awful lot of the globe.
We mustnt let the relative comfort afforded to LGBT people in this country stop us being angry about inequality. I was born in 1981 and therefore gay since 1981. It has always been legal for me to fall in love with however I feel like falling in love with. However, I believe its everyones responsibility to stand up about inequality. Why cant gay couples get married in the same way as straight couples? This is active discrimination. Why dont we teach young adults about gay relationships in all secondary schools? This is also discrimination.
Despite the inequalities that exist in the UK, we must still be grateful. Of the list of shame, in Sudan, Mauritania, Somaliland, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran, men face the death penalty for having sex with other men. Thats not in the past, thats now, in 2012. That puts things in perspective, for me at least.
Take the story of Bisi Alimi for example. He was outed in Nigeria in 2002, around the same time that the then president declared there were no gay men in the country and none would be tolerated. After speaking out about his sexuality in both Nigeria and on the BBC, Bisi was detained by police, beaten, held captive and tortured. Eventually he fled to the UK, but barely escaped with his life. This was purely because he spoke out about being gay. His story, sadly, is only too common.
But what can we do about it? The prospect of changing the world is so daunting to a single person that is easier to give up and assume someone else will do it. Luckily for us, someone is. The Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust is a relatively new organisation that is tackling these issues worldwide. They are a pressure group who seek for better media representation of LGBT issues globally, by capacity building, researching and establishing support networks between countries. They are working to educate communities and bring about changes in the law. It is their hope that the lives of thousands of people can improved and LGBT people can come out of hiding and live free of fear. Simply put, being gay should never be a crime.
The Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust is a new organisation. At the moment they are working to raise their profile, so spread the word. Moreover, they need support. I became a friend of the organisation and donate a little money every month. Why? Because its not enough to be angry aboutthis, I think we have to do something. Please help however you can.
Here’s the fun bit. Acclaimed theatre director Judy Adong has been donated the free use of The Old Vic theatre in London to share her powerful story of hate laws in Uganda. The play is called Just Me, You and the Silence and will be shown as a one-off performance on September 30th as a fundraiser for Kaleidoscope. I’m so there. You can buy tickets HERE.
Where have the last six months gone? FREAKY. Somehow it’s already time for Hollow Pike to make its second outing, this time with gorgeous PURPLE PAGES (and also at the new price of £6.99). I cannot express my love for the purpleness of the purple pages. Fans at the Queen of Teen were lucky enough to get their hands on them, as was lovely Nina Crisp who won the “Kitty Monroe” competition.
I’m not RJ Ellory, so I’m not gonna bang on about how good Hollow Pike is. I don’t need to, thank heavens, because lots of kind bloggers and reviewers have done that for me! If you haven’t had a chance to read Hollow Pike yet, head over to the Hollow Pike section of my website for a taste of the reviews. What’s it about? It’s about a girl called Lis who starts to think her new friends might be witches when the high school bully dies in a ritual murder. Sounds pretty gruesome right? It’s scary, it’s funny and there’s a super hot guy called Danny Marriott. You can read an extract HERE!
To celebrate the release, we have a whole host of fun stuff coming up. On Thursday, come back here for access to BEDTIME STORIES the dark little prequel to Hollow Pike. On top of that just a few of my blogger chums received exclusive DELETED SCENES from Hollow Pike and I have done a new INTERVIEW too. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for the links!
Hollow Pike – Paperback edition is available in all good bookshops from Thursday!