It was quite a nerve-wracking experience speaking about the book in front of a room of (mostly) friends and family on Monday night. I can imagine that speaking about it to a group of writers would be even more so.
And yet that’s precisely what I am doing in a couple of weeks. I was surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to speak at the Highland Literary Salon a wee while back. I’d never heard of it, or literary salons generally (the idea brings barber’s shops to mind). However, it seems they are a long-established concept, with one begun in Inverness just last year. I will be speaking to this gathering of local writers, alongside someone from Sandstone Press, about the process of being published, approaches to “alternative” non-fiction, and writing humour.
Now of course, you are probably thinking a number of things. Not least (if you’ve heard my jokes) that I am far from qualified to talk about humour. You may also be considering how a book inspired by a terrible haircut can be described as “literary”.
I must admit I am not sure myelf, but I will find out on the 16th of February at the Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness. The event will be open, I assume, to anyone interested in matters literary, including the thoughts, ideas and processes that go into the writing and publishing of a book. I think there’ll even be a few copies of “Up The Creek Without A Mullet” available to buy.
I’ve updated my events list with full details.