Independent and happy that way

Today was spent at States of Independence, a gathering of independent publishers organised by Five Leaves press and De Montfort University. Great to see so many independent publishers under one roof, and I had a great day talking with many old friends. It was also good to see both speculative fiction and comics represented by TTA Press, Factor Fiction and Time Bomb comics, which gave some much needed colour and excitement among the yards of sober, literary materials on display. Oh, and I bought 5 back issues of Interzone, which should keep me busy.

I actually breathed a sigh of relief on receiving a rejection email from the selection board of Stamford Univerity’s Stegner Fellowship earlier in the week. With 170 applicants for every place the odds were steep, and made even steeper by the apparently very narrow range of candidates admitted to the Stegner in previous years. In the highly unlikely circumstances I had been offered a place I would had to have taken it or spent the rest of my life wondering ‘what if’. I am looking at other similar opportunities though, especially ones with an element of travel, so if anyone has any suggestions then, please, suggest them!

Items of fascination

John Dewey Nakamura Remy has almost as many poses as names.

Characters should cast a shadow – interesting notes on the role of character by Kate Elliott.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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