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The Mark and the Void and the Polaroid

Yay, one of my Writers in Polaroids pictures ended up on the inside cover of a great book! Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void.

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Recommended reading!

The polaroid can be found in this old post here. It was taken at the beautiful Atlantis Books.

(wrongly attributed to Book Ex Machina, but I don’t mind sharing the credit with Thodoris ;))

Erik & Lyra

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Reason #199 why we want to stay with Erik Boman all the time.

 

Matchbook Stories 2 launch in Oxford: the polaroids

We officially launched Matchbook Stories Issue 2 in Oxford earlier this month at the wonderful Blackwell’s Bookshop with our writers Erik Boman, Pat Cash, and Marc Cinanni, followed by a second event at our beloved Albion Beatnik Bookstore with musical guests The Oh So Many.

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us. We’re taking this issue far and wide, and then on to Issue 3!

Here are some of the polaroids.

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Writers in Polaroids: Paul Murray

Time for another installment of Writers in Polaroids!

This is the amazing Paul Murray, of Skippy Dies fame, photographed on the Atlantis Books terrace.

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(The mysterious thing behind him on the right is a huppah.)

(picture taken during the 3rd Caldera Arts & Literature Festival.)

(More pictures from the festival can be found here.)

Writers in Polaroids: Etgar Keret

I can’t believe I hadn’t posted my Etgar Keret Polaroid here. (Or that I haven’t yet finished reading Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.) After all, Etgar Keret is one of my favorite writers. And his appearance in Nicosia last October was a literary miracle. (When was the last time a big author had a reading in Cyprus? A writer whose work was adapted into a movie with Tom Waits?)

Here he is, kindly posing with his son, in my blurry attempt to photograph him. I should have taken a tripod along with the books I took for him to sign. [Not pictured: his talented wife Shira Geffen. That picture came out even more blurry. The photographer accepts all the blame :/]

An Impossible photograph for a highly improbable meeting.

If you haven’t yet, go read his stories. They’re awesome. (Halibut is one of my favorite short stories of all time.)

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Writers in Polaroids: Evgenios Trivizas

Prolific children’s author. Criminologist. Storyteller.

I think everyone in the Greek-speaking world has a favorite Evgenios Trivizas book.

He’s written about 150 of them. Fairy-tales. Novels. Plays. Comics.

The man is beloved. So I was super excited to meet him at Atlantis Books last weekend at the Caldera Festival.

He was exceptional with the (many, many) children and the adults alike. He was inspirational. A national treasure.

Imagination, he said, that’s the most important thing in the world.

I even discovered one of my favorite stories when I was a kid was his.

It was the very first story he had ever published.

And he let me take lots of pictures of him. This Polaroid is one of my favorites.

(You can’t tell because it was a little dark but he’s holding his black cat puppet, the main character from his novel The Last Black Cat)

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Writers in Polaroids

Erik Boman. Storyteller. Dark rum aficionado. Always and forever Shy Oxford Writer.

Here is a picture for your upcoming novel. Can I read it yet?

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Lee Jing-Jing. Novelist. Poet. Superhero.

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Dina Bogecho. When her novel is finished, I bet it will knock your socks off.

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Me. I thought my “my friends have books out and I don’t” face would be sad, but turns out it’s this.

Yay for my friends.

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James Benmore. Taking a break from writing the sequel to his Dodger to have a drink with me.

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CORY DOCTOROW. What a super nice guy. I was so lucky to see him at the Stokey Literary Festival.

He signed my book and everything.

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He said “Don’t steal my digital pixels!”

Here they are Cory, you can take them back if you want.

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Portraits (Happy New Year, everyone!)

Happy New Year, friends.

Let’s hope it’s a good one, full of shiny new things, friends and family, and lots of good music and things to read.

I always like to start the new year with something new, so this year: portraits.

These are portraits of just a few of the wonderful people I spent time with in 2012.

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[including Lee Jing-Jing, Ross Sutherland–seen here in his amazing Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke,  catch it if you get a chance, it’s so much fun–my lovely new Santorini friends Lily, Myrsini and Oliver, poet Emma McGordon, my friend Rebecca, and of course Thodoris Tzalavras (I’m his official photographer’s photographer)]

More portraits to come

Happy 2013!

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