Highlight of August was to read the Bloody Scotland International Crime Festival programme and to find that I am featured in the ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ event on Saturday 19th September at 1 pm before Ann Cleeves & Peter May’s event! Fourteen emerging or new crime writers are selected from a huge number of entries and selected to highlight their work with just a three minute presentation to the audience. This year all of the festival is online so we had to make a video presentation to the panel for the selection.
On the same theme of the soon to be published ‘Murder at the Mela’ book Lynsey Adams did an interview with me on her aptly ‘Taggart-titled’ blog: https://theresbeenamurder.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/theres-been-a-murder-interview-with-leela-soma/
Poetry has not taken a back seat . Gutter magazine published my poem ‘Chintz’ in their Issue 22 which is beautifully produced. Folkways Magazine will have a poem of mine in in their new anthology ‘We are not shadows’, a feminist issue on experiences of women. They are using the Kickstarter campaign to get the magazine off to a good start. Donate if you can. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wearenotshadows/we-are-not-shadows-anthology?ref=project_build. As always my favourite magazine Dreich decided to have an extra chapbook and invited a few of us to contribute to this new themed chapbooks Driech Xtra.
All in all a busy productive month from a writer’s point of view. The Edbookfest online has been a real treat being able to watch the best writers from the world in your living room. From Elif Shafak, Douglas Stuart, the author of NYT best seller, ‘Shuggie Bain’ to our own poet Laureate Jackie May and many others it has been a veritable feast for all readers the world over. Ian Rankin’s event had 2K watching it!
August is the month when so many religious festivals take place in the Indian calendar. A series of festivals start with Goddess Varalakshmi followed by Ganesha Chathurthi the elephant god, then the festival seasons begin with Navrathri, next month and ending with the huge Diwali festival in November. So religious festivals for Hindus also coincide with the start of book festivals! A rich combination of spiritual and intellectual highs.
Hope you all have a wonderful autumn, with harvest festivals and Thanksgiving in November.