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Archive for August, 2012

Pangea blog tour in India

Co-editor, Indira Chandrasekhar, hosts the latest leg of our tour, talking about the process of choosing and editing stories, and getting the anthology published in India and the UK.

With Pangea, however, because we were trying to create a coherent piece of work with consistency in quality and sharpness we read each story with acute engagement, and with, may I say, an intimate eye.


Pangea blog tour in Manchester, UK

Ace writer and editor, Valerie O’Riordan, interviews Lisa Marie Trump over at her blog, not exactly true (the title of the blog, not a caveat).

I only have two editing tools: a tiny nail file or a sweeping scythe. (The Pangea editors) found a balance that captured the essence of the sensory experiment without losing the focus on the real people in their real world, as seen through my theatrical eye of follow-spots and par cans and gobos.

Pangea blog tour reaches New Zealand

Pangea author, Clayton Lister, is interviewed by Michelle Elvy over at her great Glow Worm blog:

I’d thought it was a solitary pursuit, this writing lark. It is, of course, but needs to be only to a point much closer to the start of the process than I had ever imagined. I imagined editorial advice was the preserve of editors — if you made it through their slush pile. But, as it’s turned out, how much more rewarding the advice from a bunch of peers? You don’t have to accept all the criticism offered, of course — you probably would wind up being really rubbish if you did; but having a choice of crits to act on — or, if you’re lucky, a consensus — that’s more than helpful. I’d say, actually, that’s quite a privilege — earned sure enough — because you do have to put in what you want to take out. But a privilege just the same.

Sarah Hilary interviewed over at Women Rule Writer

The Pangea blog tour has reached Galway in Ireland, where short story author and novelist, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, talks to Sarah Hilary about the inspiration behind her stories, one set at a wedding fair, another in a trailer park. Great to see Pangea getting around the world. Thanks, Nuala!

Vote for Vanessa Gebbie to win Not the Booker Prize

Not the Booker is a prize run by the Guardian, designed to celebrate the many great novels that miss out on the Booker. Pangea author, Vanessa Gebbie, is on the long-shortlist for her wonderful novel, The Coward’s Tale. If you’ve read and enjoyed the novel, please do consider voting for Vanessa to be on the short-shortlist, which will be announced next week. To vote, you will need to register (free) with the Guardian and be signed in to your account there. Then you need to post a 100 word review here and link to it on the voting page. Let’s get Vanessa on the shortlist!