Right, enough of the very loud fireworky summerness – it’s time for the days to shorten and the nights to be filled with stimulating non-fictional conversation. I hope everyone’s had the desired summer break, whether it was literary, book-free, productive or completely restful. It was good to get together with other STFers at the Bookshop Band’s appearance in the Book Festival; and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again at Stranger Than Fiction’s autumn meetings.
STF September 2014
Our next meeting is in the Doric Bar on Market Street, at 7pm on Thursday 25th September 2014 – just a week after, y’know, Thursday 18th September. We will be discussing the short piece on gardens by Francesca, postponed from July. There will be time to consider a second submission too; so if anyone has something they’ve been working on over the summer on which they’d like the constructive views of their fellow non-fiction writers, do get in touch. The deadline for circulation before the meeting is Friday 19th September, and I’ll be sending Francesca’s piece out again along with any other submissions around then.
STF at EISF 2015
We’ve had a preliminary get-together and much email conversation about our contribution to the Edinburgh International Science Festival, ahead of today’s dealine for a draft proposal. We are building on last year’s theme of general science writing by taking scientific biography as a starting point for a conversation with the audience about the need (or not) to know more about scientists than their scientific achievements. If you are not on STF’s science group emailing list yet but would like to be, let me know and I will include you. The more of us who are involved, the better the event will be.
Other literary gatherings
As you know, the Edinburgh Literary Salon is always the Tuesday after STF meetings – this month that’s Tuesday 30th September 2014, in the Wash Bar between 6pm and closing time.
Earlier in the month, Weegie Wednesday is on Wednesday 17th September 2014, in the CCA on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (10 minutes from Queen St station) at 7.30pm.
I’m hoping to be at both of these, but probably won’t make it to the Highland Literary Salon, which this month is on Tuesday 9th September 2014, in the Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness, at 7.30pm. The Highland event is now in its second year and developing a distinctive character of its own which includes workshop events as well as guest speakers. Perhaps we should have a highland STF outing one of these months.
Future STF meetings
Our remaining get-togethers in 2014 are Thursday 23rd October and Thursday 20th November. Submissions are welcome for feedback at either of them – get in touch with me for more details. We don’t have a formal meeting in December, but usually manage a Christmas gathering in someone’s home.
Best wishes, and as ever good luck with all your non-ficiton writing.