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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Ghost of William Shatner evening last week, Lets Get Lyrical have been kind enough to post the audio files online. You can now see for yourself whether the lyrics work without the music (and, as some of my friends have been asking me, judge whether George Formby was indeed a successful choice).

Here’s the link: http://letsgetlyrical.com/cata-news/audio-the-ghost-of-william-shatner/

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This is going to be exciting, and I’ll be making a fool of myself alongside some pretty spectacular Edinburgh writers:
Underword is back for a special event in February 2011, as part of the City of Literature Let’s Get Lyrical campaign. 

A diverse line-up of readers will answer the question: can the lyrics work without the music? Each has chosen one song that means something special to them and will perform that song as spoken word. Will it be heartfelt? Angry? Ironic? Passionate? In “a funny voice”? Find out on Wednesday 23rd February, 8pm, at The Caves, Niddry Street South, Edinburgh.

The Ghost of William Shatner is a charity event in aid of Nerine Shatner Friendly House, a home for women in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Admittance is by donation (suggested £4).

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You  may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around here. This isn’t because I’ve been out partying every night (honest, Dad! Well, maybe a bit…), but because this semester seems like a very busy time. Alongside our normal course workload, we’ve been working on a collaboration with the illustration students at the Edinburgh College of Art.

We paired up with an illustrator, and then we exchanged work: the writers respond to an image and the illustrators respond to a short piece of text. We now have two paired text-and-image pieces, one of which we get to choose for a book and an exhibition.

I’m really lucky, my collaboration partner is a fantastic artist, and she’s lovely too!

Events so far include an exhibition launch at the Forest Cafe on March 1st, and a book launch at the same venue on March 25th. There will be readings at both events. I’ll add more information as and when I know about it, but for now here’s the blog for the project: http://blog.eca.ac.uk/twointhebush/, which we have entitled Two in the Bush. (I know).

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