Photo Friday: Guest Blog – GJB Performance Photography

There’s one final part to the fortnight of madness I haven’t mentioned yet. In between Eastercon and the final rehearsals for the DCYC Messiah concert, I popped up to the Toon to catch up with GJB Performance Photography – aka ace photographer Graeme Baty – for a wee bit of this:

Dogbank - 23rd April 2014. Photo by GJB Performance Photography.
Dogbank – 23rd April 2014. Photo by GJB Performance Photography.

However, I think I’ve done enough talking for this week. So today’s Photo Friday is a Guest Blog of sorts, with Graeme giving us a little insight into how he managed to get shots like these. Take it away, pet!

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DCYC 50th anniversary Concert: Old Songs and Muscle Memory

In the second blog from the fortnight of madness, let’s skip to the end, and a rather grand change of scenery.

Durham Cathedral 25th April 2014 - the view from the Naughty Row.
Durham Cathedral 25th April 2014 – the view from the Naughty Row.

That’s where more than a hundred of us were last Friday – in Durham Cathedral, nailing down the final tricky bits of Handel’s Messiah for Durham County Youth Choir‘s 50th anniversary concert. About 24 hours later, we’d be doing the same thing in evening dress in front of pews full to bursting. For all memories and feelings the reunion had brought up, after months of nostalgia, almost play-acting at being in a choir again, the reality of it would begin to sink in.

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Eastercon 2014: Broken Promises, Reforged Bonds, and the Things that are Important

With a fortnight of madness finally at an end, I figured it might be time to catch you up on what I’ve been doing.

So. Some of you might have seen this:

As you may have gathered from that, Eastercon 2014: Satellite 4 was a weekend of the unexpected. More than a week later, I’m still trying to gather my thoughts together from one of the most surreal, scary, exciting, and ultimately rewarding conventions I’ve been to since I started attending them back in 2011.

Where to begin? How about four thoughts from the weekend?

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Bits’n’Bobs: Eastercon, Pet Slimmers, La Femme and Amber and Locktender

Hi all. The Maw of a Thousand Tomes, aka the Expanding Suitcase of Doom, is packed and ready for Eastercon in Glasgow this weekend. There’s just time for a bit of housekeeping before I go.

  • Firstly, here’s my schedule for Eastercon, where I’ll be at the launch of NewCon Press anthology La Femme, as well as my first ever panels across the weekend. Come say hi, if you’re about!

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Music Monday: Record Store Day 2014

I’m going to admit it, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of vinyl. If I can’t carry it around in my pocket – or easily copy it to a digital format – then I’m probably not going to listen to it. However, I do love a well put together release – and, more importantly, independent record stores. So I’ll be sneaking out of Eastercon this Saturday 19th April for Record Store Day 2014 – probably to catch Bridie Jackson and the Arbour at Love Music‘s live band shenanigans – and aiming to pick up one or two of these…

Anathema, At The Gates, Beach Boys, Beans on Toast, Between the Buried and Me, Bis, Botch, Cave In, Clint Mansell, Clutch / Lionize, Conor Oberst, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, David Bowie, David Lynch, Dean Martin, Devo, Dinosaur JR, Dream Theater, Dresden Dolls, Elbow, Fela Kuti, Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Garbage, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Grace Jones, Grateful Dead, Green Day, Hawkwind, Husker Du, Ice T, Insomnium, Johnny Cash, John Spencer Blues Explosion, Joy Division, Katastrophy Wife, Katatonia, Kings of Leon, Kodaline, Kylie Minogue, LCD Soundsystem, Lee Perry, Lemonheads, Luke Haines, Machine Head, Mae, Marc Bolan, Marillion, Mastodon, Matt Berry, Maximo Park, Motorhead, Mudhoney, The Muppet Movie OSR, Neil Young, Nina Persson, Nina Simone, Nirvana, The Notwist, Opeth, Ozric Tentacles, Pet Shop Boys, Pharoahe Monch, Pissed Jeans, Placebo, The Pogues, REM, Radkey, Rammstein, Ray Parker Jr, Rival Sons, Roger Waters, The Stones, Screaming Trees, Sensefield, Shlohmo, Shonen Knife, Sick of it all, Sikth, Songs:Ohia, Soundgarden, The Specials, The Blockheads, Twilight Sad, Twin Atlantic, Ulver, Masters of Misery – Homage to Black Sabbath, Satellite of Love, Xtra Mile 10th anniversary box set, Winnebago Deal.

Unfortunately, most of that’ll have to wait until I win the lottery. So I’ve narrowed it down to the following:

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Eastercon: Satellite 4 – Scheduled Orbit

It’s almost Easter, so it’s almost Eastercon! The BSFA’s annual convention has moved to Glasgow, and I’ll be making my programme debut this year. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m doing my first ever book signing, when La Femme launches at the Newcon Press / PS Publishing party on the Friday.

That’s not all. I’ll be crossing another first off my list this year, when I appear on two of Eastercon’s convention panels. One of these is right before the signing on the Friday evening. So, if you fancy two hours of back-to-back Booth – and an encore on Sunday – come along, hear me waffle, and I’ll scribble all over your books. Any books, really. Magazines too. Notebooks. Toaster Ovens. Small potted palms. Treasure Maps to hoards of Mexican gold…

Here’s what I’ll be up to:
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Sleeping Sentries

Hello. This is a First Post.

What do people write in a first post now? It seems like all blogs appear perfectly formed, ex machina, with posts marking every significant genre event for the last six months. Perfectly polished journal homunculi. Like an Oscar made of lolz.

If you’re here, perhaps it’s because you’ve read either one of my short stories or my writing about Rock and Metal, or maybe you’ve seen my live photos, right? Thank you very much for stopping by, whichever it is. I’ll be using this space to ramble on about things I’m up to, as well as anything else that snags on brain debris as it drifts through my consciousness.

That could be quite a lot of stuff. We recently had a tornado. Took the A Perfect Circle archive right off its hinges.

In the meantime, why not take a moment to explore some of the links at the top and side of the page for more cool stuff? I’ll be with you soon.