The acceptances have been emailed, the cover has been designed, and the proof copies are on their way to the editor for final checks. The Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 is almost here! And to celebrate, we’ll be hosting an official online book launch party!
The book will be released on Sunday 15th October, and to mark the occasion I’d like to invite you all to join me on the Peeking Cat Poetry Facebook page for a special launch event. There will be videos, giveaways, a Q&A, and poetry readings! You can find out more about the event on the event Facebook page, where I’ll also be posting updates about the anthology as we get closer to publication day.
The event will be from 7pm – 9pm UK time, which is 11am – 1pm PT and 2pm – 4pm ET. Use a time zone converter to find out what time it will be where you are.
Sam, this is a tricky question. The when seems not to be well-defined, but I remember writing captions for my cartoons when I was around nine. I wrote my first meaningful poem when I was in secondary school (SSS 1 to be precise). The particulars of the why, I think, lies within the circle of a burning imagination and a quest to find my purpose in life. So far so good, I love the joy that comes from creating a new poem or a new story.
I recently visited my local library for the first time in many years. I wrote some short prose about it here (also includes poached eggs and being approached by a creepy guy). The library felt the same in some ways, but very different in others. It struck me how sparse it seemed – it wasn’t the wonderland of high shelves and tall tales that I remembered. It seemed to house fewer books than I remembered. Huge shelves stacked high with books just look so enticing to me. I don’t want to be climbing up ladders, but who among us wouldn’t want a library to rival that of Belle’s in Beauty and the Beast? (Or like Stuttgart City Library, pictured below.) Maybe the shelves seemed lower because I’m bigger now, or maybe because fewer people use the library these days, it has become a little unloved.
This summer, thanks to an awesome, eagle-eyed friend, I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of Matt Haig’s latest novel, How To Stop Time. I’ve been a big Matt Haig fan ever since I read The Humans, which is a novel about an alien who comes to earth and takes over one particular human’s body, and during his time in that body he learns about humans and their peculiar ways just as an outsider would. It’s wonderfully funny and poignant, and that poignancy is something that I hoped to see more of in How To Stop Time. I wasn’t disappointed.
Our latest writer interview is with poet, writer and Masters student Elizabeth Gibson. Elizabeth was published in the May issue of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, and you’ll also find her in the Peeking Cat Anthology 2017!