Plans for the year are beginning to fall into place, and I’ll have more news to share about those soon.
During December, my daughter and I travelled to London for the day to see the wonderful Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy. My favourite pieces were Lisa Reihana’s film In Pursuit of Venus (infected) and Tell Them by Kathy Jetnil-Kijner. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always been fond of Piccadilly and couldn’t resist popping into some favourite places after the exhibition. One unexpected delight was seeing Emily Young’s beautiful sculptures on display in the garden of St James’s Church glowing dimly in the early evening darkness and wet from a light shower of rain. We also stopped into Hatchard’s Piccadilly, where I was delighted to find Travelling in the Dark still on the shelves – cue photo of the proud author resembling a bear in a big, furry coat…
The book I’m holding is Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead. By coincidence, the Polish protagonist of the book is fond of the poetry of William Blake who was baptised in St James’s Church a few doors away from where I’m standing.
Travelling in the Dark has also been recently spotted in Waterstone’s Oxford. Six months on from publication, it’s taking on a life of its own and finding its way into all kinds of interesting places.
Speaking of interesting places, I’m hoping to arrange a reading from Cornish Short Stories and Travelling in the Dark soon in what must be one of the most wild and beautiful locations in Cornwall, The Gurnard’s Head