As one of the directors of Read Raw Ltd I'm involved in running one of the events at Glasgow Poetry Week which is taking place in October 2010. Our event is called "Poetry in the Raw" and will be taking place at Cafe Hula, 321 Hope Street Glasgow, G2 3PT on Sunday 3rd October from 7.30pm to 10pm, with poets to be registered by 7.45pm, and the event kicking off at 8pm, wit... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 04 September 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, finally, the last thrilling instalment of "Mr.Murdoch Comes to Town" a political science fiction story set in a future Scottish Parliament that is probably too close for comfort, has just appeared in "From the Vaults", just a few tabs to the left of this one. This is a story that was "crittered" into shape by the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle and appeared in volume 26 of New Writing Scotland, a collection which had the subtitle "Bucket of Frogs" and had a cover illustration of -... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 01 September 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, it was the annual trip to the East Neuk of Fife to the same cottage in St. Monans to coincide with the Pittenweem Arts Festival. Following a trip to Transreal in Edinburgh, I took along Jeff Vandermeer's "The Third Bear", "Years Best SF 15", "Wireless" by Charlie Stross,and "Nebula Awards Showcase 2009" edited by Ellen Datlow, and a copy of "Black Static" 17. The problem with St. Monans is that it's too close to St. Andrews which is packed with bookshops, there's even a big books... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 21 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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Well, with the Book Festival starting yesterday, I guess all the Edinburgh Festivals are in full swing (the Film Festival having been cunningly moved to an earlier slot in the year to coincide with the other European Film Festivals), so imagine my suprise while sitting in a cafe in the Grassmarket, I see that right at the top of the top ten Theatre and Performance events in "The ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 15 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Back, with part two. We're so professional, as Frank said on stage, but, hey, I've been on holiday, so eat chain, as he also said. Yes, the concert started with "Big Swifty", quite possibly the Zappa song I would include on my playlist if I was ever on "Desert Island Disks". A pretty straight version of the album track, not the jazz-fusion fest of the version on "You Can't Do That Live on Stage Anymore Vol. 1" with Chester Thompson and George Duke slugging it out. Then followed songs li... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 14 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We'll shortly be heading off shortly to see Alice in Chains at the O2 in Glasgow, cause for joy, but, first,  I have to make some comments about a concert Linda and I caught this time last week at the Glasgow Concert Hall. The clue is in the title of the post. Yes, Dweezil and his band playing tribute to his father's music. I'm a huge Frank Zappa fan and miss his take on everything, an... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 02 August 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
FF Press have just published "The Mix Tape", Volume 3, in the States, consisting of two sides and probably over 100 stories. My story "Crossing the Border" is the second story on Side A, a tale of a couple taking a very unusual car ride, and to say more would spoil a (very) short story.  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 22 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
(Yes, we made it back from Spooky Glencoe unless this is a message from beyond.........I'll spare you the gory details and the photos of my ravaged legs, suffice to say the midges won!) Speaking of winning, the World Cup is over, the best team won, or at least I thought they did, but for me the interest ended on Saturday night with Germany's last game as I had drawn them somehow in the TTA Press World Cup Sweepstake. More details of the gripping final battle for supremacy whi... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 12 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My son, Alex, used to have birthday sleep overs,  and then for a few years he had birthday camping sleep overs in our garden which usually meant getting about four hours sleep as the little darlings went to bed at 2am and got up at 6am to play "hunt". Enough was enough so for the last two years we have been going to Glencoe and just before the scabrous mountain that is Buachaille Etive Mor we head left down the single-track Glen Etive road for about half an hour until pulling over in... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 09 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Thanks to the generosity of my workmates I was given a mega-gift voucher for FOPP for my 50th birthday, but have I spent it wisely? Well, one of my purchases was "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble" Vol2 by the Amorphous Androgynous, subtitled "Pagan Love Vibrations (Exploding in Your Mind). I don't really go in for impulse buys, in fact, I think I've only bought two albums on impulse, funnily ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 07 July 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ahem, just got round to posting the latest two episodes of my science fiction political satire "Mr.Murdoch Comes to Town" set in a futuristic Scottish parliament which appeared in "New Writing Scotland" in 2008. Check out "From the Vaults" for them, and I promise to be more diligent in future. Now off to sort out "The Now".  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 28 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Yes, our lab, Molly, hit the big five years old today. We call her the Molster, the puddy-girl, Daddy's little princess, the Cuteness, and other slushy, mushy endearing terms when she's good; but when she's bad she's Stinky, Heid the Baw, Rattus Yellowus, and the like. She celebrated her birthday in usual form - eating, sleeping, swimming in the River Clyde, and nicking cheesecake off plates. And here she is: At Christmas:  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 27 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
   Cover art by Howard Watts. I should have plugged this ages ago, but finally.  Dark Horizons 56 from the British Fantasy Society is out, containing Jim Steel's short story "The Bordello of Doom"... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 07 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The latest issue of Interzone is out - number 228, in fact,  with a review of George Mann's "Ghosts of Manhatten" included by yours truly, and there are some other reviews by GSFWC members. It looks like this: ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 07 June 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back! Been away because of mucho business - Linda was ash-bound in Oz for a while, and there have been a couple of technical difficulties, so it's sad to have to return and comment on the death at 67 of Ronnie James Dio owner of one of the great voices in rock. I was lucky enough to catch him live on his "Holy Diver" tour - and I mean back in the day at the Glasgow Apollo and have that album on tape (a cassette of all things!). I was also lucky enough to catch him just a few years ago wit... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 17 May 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Read Raw (www.readrawltd.co.uk) are delighted to be involved with Renfrewshire Council and its many partners in the events being organised to mark the 200 hundred years that have passed since the death of Paisley's major poet, Robert Tannahill. Last Wednesday we gathered in Paisley Arts Centre to hear about the events planned - open mike sessions, a poetry wall, a poetry collection, music events, and a whole load of other performing events.  ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 25 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
For a few years, I was a Fringe reviewer for Radio Forth at the Edinburgh Festival - which gave you free membership of the Fringe Club and the odd stalking by an even odder director who didn't like my review. What was great about reviewing was to see a quote taken from your review appearing in the ads for the same performer when they returned next year. Apart from also being a great way to get to know all the out of the way venues in Edinburgh - stretching from Morningside to Musselburgh. T... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 25 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
great experience, dude! thanks for this great Articles wow... it's very wonderful report. RFID Reader... Read more...
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Simon Clark and Vinnie Chong at the Telos Tea Party (and a cuppa did make a change from all those free glasses of wine) which launched Simon's "Humpty's Bones", and Vinnie's artbook "Altered Visions". I was lucky enough to get a copy of each of them, you might not be so lucky so get yourself over to www.telos.co.uk right now. Vinnie is arguably the best UK illu... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 12 April 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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