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Wigtown Festival

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 4, 2010

This year the Wigtown Festival is holding Wigtown Ink, a ‘festival within a festival’ – for writers, by writers. And I’m delighted to say I’ll be there – I hope that people can join me. I’ll be around on Sunday 26th September at the Book Bazaar (1-3pm) and then again on Monday 27th September at 2pm in conversation about Out of a Clear Sky. And for anyone who likes a more hands-on event, Hugh Bryden and I and others from the Dumfries Writers will be holding a session at 12pm on that day on Getting into a Fankle

See you there!

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One Book, One Scotland

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 8, 2010

One Book, One Scotland is celebrating the life of John Buchan this year, and particularly The Thirty-Nine Steps. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to do so – it won’t take long as it’s a ripping yarn and while some of its sentiments may be a little out of date, its pace and unrelenting action are bang up to date – think The Bourne Ultimatum, but with more tweed.

Anyway, I’ve been invited to Bishopbriggs Library as part of this to talk about my own book, Out of A Clear Sky, which I hope is every bit as gripping to the reader. I’m particularly glad to be asked because it gave me a nudge to re-read the book and I found that, having moved to Dumfries and Galloway two years ago, I’m now living quite close to the very hills where Richard Hannay escaped his pursuers and unmasked a vast conspiracy.  So far, I’ve not been pursued by homicidal Germans or had to climb out of any train windows, but I have found the countryside can be almost as empty and lonely as it was before the First World War.

If you’re in Glasgow or its environs on Thursday 13th May, I hope to see you there. More details here

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Edinburgh Book Fringe – Word Power Books

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on July 29, 2009

I will be appearing as part of the Word Power Books’ Edinburgh Book Fringe on Wednesday 19th August – more details here.

I’ll be reading alongside Thomas Legendre, whose first book, The Burning, is set in the world of gambling … and economics. It should make for an interesting session, for I’ve always enjoyed books that open up a whole new world to the reader.

For those who don’t already know it, Word Power Books is a great independent bookshop, and well worth a visit in itself. And if you do come, be sure to come up and say hello afterwards.

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Meeting Bookclubs & more mentoring

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 23, 2009

I spent last night at Glencaple bookclub – a local group about a year old, who seem to have retained a real passion for books and reading. It was the first time I’d attended a book group as either a reader or an author – the whole book group thing sort of passed me by – and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. Apart from the thrill of seeing so many copies of my book, all out there in the hands of real readers, the questions were a fascinating insight into how people read the book and what they thought about the characters and plot.

Some of the questions I had expected, but there were others that really had me intrigued. Perhaps the liveliest – and most unexpected – discussion (to me at least) was on the subject of what the characters in the book really looked like. I know myself that when I’m reading (and also when I’m writing) I form a picture of the characters I’m reading about. What was most interesting to me was what what a wide range of impressions these readers had. I came home exhausted, a little croaky, and energised. If there are any book groups out there  who’d like to arrange something similar, please get in touch via the contacts page

Meanwhile my mentoring sessions for the Koestler trust continue – I was going to say a very different kind of meeting, but actually when it comes down to it, they’re not that different: the passionate and detailed dissection of the written word. You can read more about a recent one from the mentee’s point of view on his blog here

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Guardian Forgiven

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 22, 2009

I didn’t mention it at the time – hey, this is my site, and I’ll leave things out if I want to – but the Guardian was not impressed with Out of a Clear Sky when it first came out (and no, I’m not giving it any more google juice by linking to it). But it seems that they like it much more as a paperback than as a hardback:

this confident and well-paced novel, which builds to its gruesome climax with leisurely menace

Much better. I shall uncancel my subscription…

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Valentine’s Day Signings

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 12, 2009

I will be signing copies of my book, Out of a Clear Sky at the Dumfries branch of Waterstones from 11am on Saturday, 14th February

I’m sure it would be the perfect Valentine’s day gift for someone…

More details here

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More Tea?

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 11, 2009

I wasn’t expecting any reviews for the paperback edition – as I’d done pretty well for reviews when the hardback came out – so it was a bonus to get a cracker in the Daily Mail on Friday:

Acutely observant, Hinchcliffe renders the intimacy and insecurities of relationships, especially those of lovers, sensitively and convincingly in her measured prose… her elegant writing and crisp dialogue ensure it’s enchanting and chilling

You’re probably wondering what those ellipses conceal (I always do) – it was a slight reservation about ‘endless cups of tea’. My next heroine will be drinking coffee, I think.

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Paperback Edition

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 5, 2009

As of tomorrow – actually rather sooner if you buy it on Amazon – Out of a Clear Sky is available as a mass-market paperback.

I will be signing copies at the Dumfries branch of Waterstones on February 14th – yes, Valentine’s day. More details to follow. Meanwhile you can read about this and many other exciting literary events on Bookarazzi’s latest Lit Bits

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More Mentoring … and More Paperbacks

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 14, 2009

For those of you who are interested, Shaun’s posted another report of our last mentoring session. With Burns night coming up here, I’m reminded of his lines from To a Louse:

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us

And talking of which – look what arrived in the post yesterday:

pile_o_paperbacksThis is the mass market paperback – the cheapie. On the back, and inside the front cover are the best of the quotes from the reviews, which are always nice to read (especially now, when I’m doing battle with my second novel). I’m torn between ‘an intelligent novel about a woman in a man’s world’ (from the Sunday Times) and ‘sophisticated first novel … entertaining and credible’ from the Literary Review.

Can they really mean me?

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Hurry while Stocks Last

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 27, 2008

If you haven’t yet caught the first episode of Out of a Clear Sky on Book at Bedtime, you’ve got just two days to catch up on Listen Again.  I can certainly recommend it – Jeremy Osborne at Sweet Talk productions has done a great job of abridging it, and it’s being beautifully read by Nicola Walker.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also go out and buy the real thing…

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