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David Stubbs – Krautrock Taster

Deutsche Elektronische Musik Volume 2David Stubbs contributes extensive sleevenotes for Soul Jazz Records’ new Deutsche Electronische Musik 2 compilation, the label’s second voyage into the world of German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s. David’s authoritative study of Krautrock will be published by Faber next year.

Judy Fairbairns’ ISLAND WIFE Review

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Terrific review of Judy Fairbairns’ ISLAND WIFE (Two Roads) in Sainsburys Magazine: ‘First there was the romance: moving to a tiny Hebridean island with wild orchids, wilder seas and the man she loves. Judy Fairbairns dutifully looks after livestock in bleak winters, raises five children and behaves just how the world and her husband thinks she should. But then her own storm kicks in and blasts open a door to a whole new life.’ Her author profile is here.
Roll on publication day 28 March!

Simon Goddard – Songs That Saved Your Life

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Songs That Saved Your Life – The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 reveals the stories behind every track (including unreleased out-takes), catalogues all the groups UK television, radio and concert appearances and features interviews with original band members, producers and associates. It is re-issued in paperback by Titan on their new music list.

Rodge Glass on tour

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“A complex and moving portrayal of obsession, football and heroes with boots of clay. Rodge Glass skilfully warps sincerity with an ironist’s ear – great stuff.” Will Self

With the publication this week of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, some fabulous reviews have come in and Rodge is booked to do a dizzying number of events and talks, including BBC Radio 4’s Open The Book, Hay-on-Wye Festival, London Literature Festival, Latitude Festival, Aye Write!, Ullapool Festival, Literary Dundee and Manchester. For a full list of events http://rodgeglass.com/events

Jenny

Bloody Scotland

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Watch out for Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first international crime writing festival. The inspired brainchild of two JBA writers, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson, the festival offers three packed days of masterclasses, discussions and insights into crime writing in Scotland and Scandinavia. Bloody Scotland takes place in Stirling from 14 – 16 September 2012. Other JBA writers appearing include Craig Robertson, Helen FitzGerald, Allan Guthrie, Alanna Knight, Doug Johnston, John Rector, Sara Sheridan and William McIlvanney.

Pre-register now at http://www.bloodyscotland.com ahead of the full programme launch, out on 17 May. There’s also a short story competition to uncover emerging talent in crime fiction, sponsored by Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, all details on the website, and sign up to Twitter for all the latest news.
Jenny