I have been out and about, dear readers.
In March, I went to the Leipzig Book Fair:
I was feeling pretty nervous (hiding nerves under brave smile):
Because first up was an interview with the press:
But, being socialists, they were very nice to me:
Then I went on stage to do a reading (one guy fell asleep):
After, that I went to the Institute of African Studies to do another reading. This time, I had Madiba with me for company. I felt much more relaxed:
Then I drank some wine:
Last night, I did a reading in Langenbruecken, near Bad Schornborn, organised by the darling proprietors of the ars legendi bookshop. They arranged wonderful wine, Italian delicacies and some fabulous jazz. My husband and friends were there and I felt less nervous.
Starting to get the hang of this reading in German thing:
Next up is Berlin in May, and then in June I hit South Africa to promote the English version of the book and do readings in Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town and Joburg.
In between all this promotion work, I am trying to write book two. It is not easy, but I have come up with a plan. It involves sparrows, dawn and daggers drawn against the inner editor.
And perhaps a little wine.