I recently read new work at the Coast Festival Writing Fringe at Banff Castle and the University of Aberdeen's May Festival. My readings included works for the Granite and Unreal Estate Aberdeen projects, as well as the opening to my work-in-progress novel, Quines at Sea.
I'm currently 40,000 words into my first draft of the novel after three writing retreats across the past year funded by a Made in Aberdeen bursary. After working away on it on my own for so long, it was great to test out my ideas and characters with audiences at these events; thankfully the feedback was very positive, including this review on TV Bomb, so I'm looking forward to cracking on with the novel this summer.
I also read a rather rude story as part of the the Polari Literary Salon at the close of the festival, which was thankfully for a 16+ audience, and I'm looking forward to taking part in a further Polari event in the near future...
My next reading will be as part of an Unbound cabaret reading at the Booked! Festival in August, which is part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre. I love reading my work out loud, and can't wait for August to roll round!