A report on last night’s meeting; news of not one but two chances to meet other STFers socially; and changes in how we organise our sessions in 2016 (it’s all good).
Stranger Than Fiction November 2015
We finished the season with a lively meeting last night, thanks to Tim’s character summaries, an extract from his guide to Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. For new members and old in attendance, and for all of us whether or not we had seen or read Trainspotting, it prompted lots of questions about the book/film and about Tim’s analysis of them. This is what we live for at Stranger Than Fiction!
STFer at Waterstones
To coincide with the release of Stephen Spielberg’s new film, our very own Vin Arthey is launching the new edition of his book The Kremlin’s Geordie Spy at Waterstones George Street at 6.30pm on Monday 30th November. Vin’s book covers the same story and much much more, and predates Spielberg’s lightweight effort by a decade. Do please, if you can, come along and support a fellow STFer. Let Vin know you’re coming via vartheyATgmail.com. There will be wine, readings and an interview with Vin from me! The event will be over by 8pm, leaving those of us who wish time to dash to the Jolly Judge for their excellent Monday evening quiz … (Vin, Richard and I are regulars!)
No meeting in December, but all is not lost. If you’re on our mailing list you have received an invitation to our Christmas get-together on Thursday 17th Dcember 2015. There’s been a call for charades (don’t ALL do Trainspotting) and whether there’s a call for it or not we will be trying out a couple of rounds from our forthcoming event at Edinburgh International Science Festival, Stranger Than Fiction The Panel Game. You’d be mad to miss it, but please let me know if you’re coming to the party, via colin.salterATblueyonder.co.uk.
New year, new conveners
At last night’s meeting I said that after three and a half years at the helm I wanted to play a less active role in running Stranger Than Fiction. I’m delighted to say that Simon has offered to organise January’s meeting, and Graham to take on the task for February. Thanks to both of them, for requiring only moderate arm-twisting to do so. I will be lending backroom support until it becomes perfectly clear that I am redundant. I think the idea of a rotating convenership is a healthy one, bringing different minds to bear on how STF is run and what happens at each meeting. I hope that many STFers will, with the support of each other, want to take a turn at organising one of our meetings over the coming months. Who’s up for March 2016?
Stranger Than Fiction January 2016
You’ll be hearing from Simon in due course about our next regular meeting, which is on Thursday 21st January 2016, as usual at 7.30pm upstairs in the Wash Bar. If you’d like to start the New Year with some constructive feedback on your current project, perhaps as a way of giving it a boost after the doldrums of the festive season, get in touch with either Simon or me for details of how and when. Chapters of between 5000 and 10000 words are welcome, but as we’ve seen from the last couple of meetings, shorter pieces can trigger just as much lively debate. (If January is too soon, the following meeting is on Thursday 18th February 2016 under Graham’s stewardship.)
Thanks to everyone who has attended a Stranger Than Fiction meeting in 2015, and especially to everyone who has submitted a piece of work for discussion: David, Reta, Simon, Fiona, Jonathan, Camilla and Tim (and nearly Alison!). It’s been a good year. Whether or not you’ve been at a meeting, I hope you’ll come and help us round it off at the party in December (RSVP), and that we’ll see you soon in 2016. As always, best wishes for all your non-fiction writing.
PS Don’t forget the Edinburgh Literary Salon on Tuesday 24th November, the last salon of the year. No Santa, but among the speakers is someone from the Society of Authors (of which I spoke last night).
PPS Remember Vin’s book launch on 30th November!