News of last week’s meeting, next month’s rather different one, and the Science Festival in between.
Stranger Than Fiction March 2014
Very much by accident rather than design we had a really interesting double bill last week, two strong pieces illustrating the power of words to heal and to tell truths, in poetry and in therapy. Thanks to Sarah and to Simon for showing us their work, and to everyone who managed to get along to give them constructive feedback. Thanks to Vin for stepping up to chair proceedings when I knew I was going to be arriving late from a book launch.
Stranger Than Fiction April 2014
We meet next on Thursday 24th April 2014, at the usual time in the usual venue – 7pm, the Jolly Judge Bar. At Vin’s suggestion, and following the successful open discussion about science writing which we had in January, we’re going to take another break from feeding back on members’ work. Instead we’d like to hear from anyone who has had feedback at STF in the past. Where is your project now? In print? In a box in the attic? In the bin? Our supportive comments are always appreciated at the time, and the pieces we discuss invariably interesting – it would be nice to know what happens to them afterwards. (I’m not thinking of a great long report on everything, just a quick update on progress, changes in the light of useful STF feedback, new problems thrown up, old problems solved.)
… and beyond …
We have already been offered some pieces for comment at the May meeting (Thursday 22nd May 2014) – again an accidental double bill, memoirs of two very different lives. It’s surprising really that we haven’t had more memoir to consider over the years – but we haven’t, so this should be an interesting chance to discuss approaches to the genre. Planning ahead, and in case you want to get some constructive and supportive comment on your own work, we are also meeting on Thursday 19th June 2014 and Thursday 24th July 2014. We take a break in August, although we usually meet socially one evening during the Book Festival.
STF at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
Stranger Than Fiction‘s public debut is only three weeks away now. As already announced, we are hosting a discussion about science writing at the EISF this year, appropriately in the Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre. The event, “Who Should Write about Science?”, is at 5.30pm on Tuesday 15th April 2014. The panel consists of:
- Sean Martin, whose proposal for his current project A History of Disease we discussed at STF a few months ago
- James McCarthy, whose piece on botanical fieldwork you may remember from STF in January
- Barbara Melville, writer in residence at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- Mhairi Stewart, a molecular parasitologist and expert in public engagement with science.
For my sins I’ll be in the chair trying to keep track of the conversation. I hope you can come along, enjoy the debate and join in the Q&A session at the end.
Other literary gatherings
The monthly Edinburgh Literary Salon is on Tuesday 25th March 2014, from 6pm onwards in the Wash Bar on the Mound. I’ll be there all evening from 7pm and hope to see other STFers in the course of the night.
The next Weegie Wednesday is on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 (the day before the next STF) at 7.30pm in the CCA on Sauchiehall Street. Having spent months encouraging STFers to go, I missed last month’s when Vin at last made the trek westwards. I hear it was good!
If you find yourself in the north tomorrow and unable to go to the Edinburgh Salon, you could always catch the Highland Literary Salon instead – now entering its second year. It meets at the Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness at 7.30pm usually on the third Tuesday of the month. April’s is on Tuesday 15th April 2014. But of course you’ll be in Edinburgh at the the STF SciFest event that day …
Hope to see you at one or other of these events As ever, good luck with all your non-fiction writing.