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The Lithgae Launch


Summertime (officially), and the temperature’s freezing. That’s Scotland’s wind chill for you. Otherwise, it’s a glorious morning; a fitting follow-up to a good night at the Black Bitch, with Herbie Hancock‘s Maiden Voyage playing in the background. I lost count, but I think there were close to 30 people there. It was mostly Linlithgow folk, but James W Wood came through from Edinburgh, Alastair Findlay came over the hills from Bathgate and my good friends Alex and Jacqueline escaped the Netherlands just as the Tartan Army was invading. I read two sets, as follows:

  • Pedestrian
  • Improvisation for the Angel Who Announces the End of Time
  • The Meisure o a Nation
  • Cardiac
  • Hairst Day
  • Wandelvakanties Dicht bij Huis
  • The Invention of Zero
  • The Ambulance Box


  • Still
  • Waukrife
  • In Praise of Dust
  • Lullaby
  • Notes to Self

I sold 20 copies and chatted to various folk until 11ish — midnightish BST — then we headed home with a couple of boxes of chips.

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