This week, for the first time ever, I attended a Literary Salon. It was my cousin who suggested that we go along, and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The word Salon puts me in mind of all the 17th or 19th century groups, that you read about in historical novels. However, there was very little old fashioned about the Edinburgh City of Literature Salon. Unfortunately due to bus’s I missed the first part of the evening, but the atmosphere was warm and relaxed and is set out to be very friendly. If you don’t believe me, the Guardian’s Edinburgh correspondent, Tom Allen, was there and has blogged his thoughts on the Salon.
I was also very pleased to bump into Colin and Peggy of Anon, and pick up the latest edition Anon 7, which I am planning to spend my Sunday reading. I always enjoy Anon, and love the ethos of an anonymous submissions system, which I note from the website has a swanky new poets interface. Their ethos means that it really has become a must have publication for me to see my work in, and I am determined that one day I will manage it.
The simultaneous blogging experiment is starting to pick up a-pace. Poets such as Claire Askew, Kevin Cadwallender, Russell Jones and Sally Evans are taking part. Thanks also goes to Sally and Rob MacKenzie for their help in promoting the idea. I’m keeping things open for a few more days to see who is interested, but will be starting soon, so if you want to take part, please say now.