Contacts and Links
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Rodge’s Agent is Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates, Scotland’s leading literary agency.
Jenny Brown Associates
42 The Causeway
Edinburgh EH15 3PZ
A selection of sites relating to professional interests, including some of Rodge’s favourite things…
The website of Falkirk’s finest, Alan Bissett, author, playwright and performer. Alan’s latest novel is Pack Men (2011), and he is the finest performer of his work north of Hadrian’s Wall. In 2012 Rodge and Alan have shared stage big and mostly small since 2005. This year they are appearing together at Aye Write! in Glasgow, and Latitude Festival.
Official site of the grand old man of Scottish letters and pictures, updated regularly by his long-suffering helpers. Includes everything from the scripts of his plays to Gray documentaries to the abandoned plans for a Lanark film. Full of valuable stuff for fans.
Alasdair Gray’s personal blog, subtitled ‘As it Happens’: he sometimes puts up new work before it is published and prints his letters here.
Website of Vashti Bunyan, singer and songwriter who released her first album Just Another Diamond Day in 1969 as ‘Vashti’ then gave up music until it the record was re-released in 2000. Released second album Lookaftering in 2005, over 35 years after her debut, to great reviews and set off on world tour for the first time. Vashti has collaborated with people like Devandra Banhart and toured with Vetiver, Adem and Juana Molita in 2007 under the banner ‘Zero Degrees of Separation’. Collaborated with Rodge in 2006 on the song ‘The Fire’ for the Ballads of the Book project.
Home of the Bad Language Collective, a Manchester-based literary night hosted monthly at The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter. Hosted by Dan, Nici and Joe, a laid-back, funny, popular night with a dedicated following. Bad Language will be hosting Rodge’s Manchester launch for Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs on April 11th. See Events section for details.
One of Rodge’s publishers, who published Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography in 2008. Also the publisher of some Gray books such as Poor Things and his last novel Old Men in Love.
A huge database of work by the great American poet and professional angry drunk Charles Bukowski. This site includes a huge amount of material relating to the man, even details from his FBI file. Well worth a visit.
Scotland’s top publishers, who have an impressive list of authors including Booker-winner Yann Martell, James Meek, Louise Welsh and Michel Faber. Also Alasdair Gray’s first publisher, Canongate released his debut novel Lanark in 1981 and most recently re-released it in 2007 with a new introduction by William Boyd. Published Gray’s auto-pictography A Life in Pictures in 2010.
Home of Cargo, the youthful, independent publisher run by Mark Buckland and his band of volunteers. Rodge is Associate Editor at Cargo, who have recently published Alan Bissett’s The Moira Monologues, Allan Wilson’s Wasted in Love, Tracey Rosenberg’s The Girl in the Bunker and The Year of Open Doors. Cargo Crate in the ebook division, Scotland’s first. In 2012 Cargo will be publishing Ewan Morrison’s controversial Tales from the Mall and an internaitonal, ambitious, 4 book project with McSweeney’s, the USA’s leading independent publisher.
Website of influential independent record label Chemikal Underground, who have had names like Mogwai, The Delgados, Arab Strap, Aerogramme, Malcolm Middleton, Aidan Moffat and The Phantom Band on their books over the years. In March 2007 Chemikal released Ballads of the Book, a collaboration album between writers (doing the lyrics) and musicians (doing the er, music), which included Rodge’s collaboration with Vashti Bunyan, ‘The Fire’.
Subtitled ‘The Cult’, this is an exhaustive site that includes everything you could ever need to know about the author of Fight Club, Choke and his ground-breaking novel book Rant, which Rodge reviewed in The Herald. Lots of strange stuff, plenty of merchandise, and rumours about future projects. Not your average…
Sweary, no-bullshit site of the Faber novelist, arts hack and Strathclyde University Writer in Residence, Doug Johnstone. Refreshingly direct. New Novel Hit and Run published by Faber in March 2012.
Ewan Morrison is one of the bravest writers around. The award-winning ex-director and author of The Last Book You Read (2006) and Swung (2008) likes to be known as a “Scottish purveyor of erudite filth” but actually his books deal with sadness and reality and coping with both as much as they deal with bedroom madness. His new multimedia project, Tales from the Mall, is published by Cargo in April 2012.
Faber & Faber Ltd is one of Britain’s most respected, established publishers. Publishes many great authors, including classic names like Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hanif Kureishi, Peter Carey and Harold Pinter. Publisher of Rodge’s first two novels: No Fireworks (2005) and Hope for Newborns (2008). Website includes extracts from books, listings for all forthcoming events by Faber authors and interview with Rodge about the writing of No Fireworks.
Freight started out as an art design company, occasionally dipping into the world of publishing, with books like The Hope That Kills Us (2003) and The Knuckle End (2004), a collection of new fiction by various people who have been on the Glasgow University Creative Writing course over the previous decade or so. This was Rodge’s first publication, with his story ‘Not Much of a Talker’. After considerable success with their magazine Gutter, MD Adrian Searle set up Freight Books which published Rodge’s graphic novel Dougie’s War, co-written with artist Dave Turbitt. Rodge also published the short stories ‘A Weekend of Freedom’ and ‘Why Nothing Works No.2′ in Gutter Magazine. Freight are responsible for the cover design on Brong Me the Head of Ryan Giggs.
Jenny Brown signed Rodge up in 2003 on the evidence of 10,000 words of what became No Fireworks and has been a consistent support ever since. Her fast-growing empire looks after authors as diverse as Doug Johnstone, Laura Hird, Suhayl Saadi, Keith Gray and Paul Torday.
Site for the writer, journalist and freelance arts PR type who runs Words Per Minute, and features in the Cargo collections The Year of Open Doors and Elsewhere. Also, author of the novel Fishnet and undisputed Twitter Queen.
Unofficial Alasdair Gray site, lovingly put together, including detailed appraisals of most Gray works.
Globetrotting, Dylan-esque never ending tour hosted by the irrepressible Todd Zuniga, named by the LA Times as a One to Watch in 2012. Like any other kind of Death Match, really. Only with writers. Funny, informal, famous as hell. Highly recommended. As they put it: ‘4 writers. 3 judges. 2 rounds. 1 epic finale. Coming perpetually to a city near you, soon.’
Dedicated to the great writer, satirist and artist Kurt Vonnegut, one of the 20th Century’s finest. This site includes everything from notes by his children in the wake of his death, to T-Shirts, to Vonnegut sculptures for sale (if you have a spare $9000), to his actual books: particularly recommended is his final book, the very funny anti-Bush rant A Man Without A Country.
Website for the National Theatre of Scotland, who have had international success with the likes of Black Watch and Beautiful Burnout in recent years. Rodge wrote an Introduction for their play Aalst in Spring 2007 and appeared in their author performanc of Alasdair Gray’s Fleck in 2011.
Website for Strathclyde University, where Rodge is a Lecturer in Creative Writing.
Home of Scottish newspaper The Herald, which published most of Rodge’s journalism 2005-9 and also published a number of his short stories.
Official site of Will Self. Features regular blog, features, reviews and even photographs of the working space of the journalist and author of My Idea of Fun, Great Apes, How the Dead Live, The Book of Dave and most recently the fearless Walking to Hollywood. Will Self has also written an introduction to the Gray novels 1982, Janine and Old Men in Love, and wrote a general appreciation of Gray, also available on this site.
Scotland’s leading spoken word, music and performance event. Monthly, hosted by Kirstin Innes, Kirsty Logan and Helen Fitzgerald at The Arches in Glasgow. As featured on Radio 4. A thorough archive of performers, photographs and links. Excellent hub for creativity.