I’m very pleased to say that the good folks at Rasic Literary Workshop of Belgrade have just published my collection of short stories, Stories for the Easyjet Generation – I’ll be going on a WORLD TOUR OF SERBIA in June/July of 2016, and I’m really looking forward to returning to a place that welcomed me so warmly first in 2009 and then again in 2012. Thanks to editor Srdan Srdic in particular for making it happen. For more info, here’s the Rasic Literary Workshop page for me. I’ve been renamed Rodz Glass for the publication.

The-New-Deal-Edition-11r(See the bottom of this post for a sight of Srdjan holding up the book. On actual Serbian soil. Wow.) I’ll be returning to the fantastic Kikinda Short Story Festival for its 10th anniversary to promote the book. They recently announced I’m on the bill in the year of ‘The New Deal’. Sounds political eh? The glorious new artwork for the Serbian edition of the book is below here; the poster for Kikinda above. Serbia coverSrdic

rasicI’ve not blogged on this site for quite a while now – mostly because I’ve been hard at work on my next novel, Once a Great Leader – that novel may be very fat in the end, so I don’t expect much to happen in the coming months either, not that can be seen anyway. Which is part of the reason why it’s so lovely to have news of a new translation of my work to share.

Following on from the Italian translation of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs in 2014, I’m really pleased to say that my collection of short stories is now also going to have new life, being published as Priče za easiJet Generacije by the Belgrade-based publisher, Rasic Literary Workshop. This is especially pleasing, as it comes out of six years of regular back and forth in the hope of one day publishing a book in Serbian, since I last appeared at the Kikinda Short Story Festival in 2009, where I travelled alongside the Scottish writers Alan Bissett and Sophie Cooke. That led to a couple of individual translations of my work, and later to a stint as Writer in Residence in the village of Trsic, Serbia, in the Summer of 2012. While in Trsic I was completing work on what became this collection, though I was unable to finish a story set in Serbia itself in time for the book’s deadline. I promised I would try and finish a Serbian-based story one day.

That’s another pleasant thing. My book is to be published there in December 2015, but in a slightly different form – I’ve now finished the Serbian story, which is called ‘The Good Stuff’, and it will be the opening story in the Serbian version of Stories for the Easyjet Generation. I’m very grateful to my translator Natasa Miljkovic and my editor there Srdjan Srdic (who is also a fine writer), and I will be doing a Serbian tour in June 2016. More details to follow. That story hasn’t actually been published at all in English; that’s just a wee present for Serbian readers. Which is nice.

Right, back to that pesky fat novel.

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My novel Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs was recently published in Italian as VOGLIO LA TESTA DI RYAN GIGGS by the good people at 66thand2nd of Roma. My thanks to Isabella, Tomaso, Marco and the team for all their hard work promoting the book at Rome Book Festival and beyond, we were there last month and had a fantastic time. Please find below a selection from the Italian press reviews:

‘Exhilirating’ 4.5/5 stars, Rolling Stone magazine

‘An extraordinarily written book, with a light and poetic prose’ Pagina 99

‘Unpredictable situations and plausible characters, written in a never boring prose’ SportWeek

‘An acid, sweet, sketchy book, a painful and syncopated collection of invented sport memories’ Enrico Sisti, La Repubblica

It’s great to be published in another language for the first time, I’m delighted to have Voglio la Testa di Ryan Giggs on my shelf along with my other books.

Meanwhile, back in boring old English, my collection LoveSexTravelMusik: Tales for the Easyjet Generation has just been published in the United States, my first book available there. The first review is from Booklist:

‘Brilliant writing, the variety of locales, and the bold portrayal of character will delight short story and literary fiction readers and may create demand for Glass’s previous novels.’

 

 

 

This week the first chapter of the novel I’ve been writing in Latin America, ONCE A GREAT LEADER, was published exclusively in The Scotsman newspaper. But, this being the 21st Century it’s now available to all, online, wherever you are and you can find it HERE. And as a teaser, here’s the blurb and start of the book….

IN the latest instalment of our regular Saturday feature The Write Stuff, showcasing the best of Scotland’s writers, we publish an extract from Rodge Glass’s forthcoming novel, Once a Great Leader, a fictional biography of a future British prime minister who is born into chaos in Chile, raised on a Glasgow housing estate and returned to her homeland after a sudden fall from grace

To attempt the story of a whole life is an impossible job. Even the most mundane existence will contain a thousand pivotal moments, many of those secret, some of them secret even to the subject and certainly to those close by. Then there are the age-old complications of disagreement, confusion, deceit. Of the witnesses who feel they have been wronged and are out to even scales that only exist in their minds. There is, alas, the essential question of what to leave out, every good biographer knowing that each sensible omission, no matter how innocent, distorts the remaining detail, making it seem larger, as if highlighted in the mind of the reader. And yet more. Following this there is the equally crucial question of whether to present the life in isolation or on a broader canvas – and if so, which canvas? Family? Nation? History? The enterprise is fraught with ambiguity and compromise, and that’s before one gets to the issue of the writer’s bias, which is always, without exception, the greatest variable. In short, the whole thing is an attempt to impose order on chaos. Even the biography of the most habitual hermit, living in the dullest of times, would be a challenge to anyone who values the word “truth”.

 

Reports from Latin America

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Since August 2013 I’ve been travelling Latin America, writing and researching my next novel, Once a Great Leader. On the move, I’ve been writing regular blogs for the New York/Paris based website 3am Magazine detailing life, literature, travel and also the development of my book-to-be through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia. Now there are a series of these pieces I’d include links to them all here, with titles. Please see below. With thanks to 3am: here they are, in order…

A Ghost Giving a Speech: here

A Human Being Made Out of a Statue: here

Borders of the Land and Mind: here

Memory Games With Bolano, or, Of What is Lost: here

Post-National Me, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Tell People I’m English: here

Dancing With Bolivar: here

PUBLICATION OF LOVESEXTRAVELMUSIK

On APRIL 22nd 2013 my new book, LoveSexTravelMusik, was published by the good people at Freight Books. Freight were responsible for Dougie’s War which I wrote jointly with Dave Turbitt and was published in 2010. Freight also published me in their magazine Gutter several times, and even published my very first story way back in 2004, so I’m very happy to be working with them again. As ever, Freight (who started out as Freight Design and have won multiple awards for their work) have made the new book a thing of beauty, replete with travel map, fourteen double page spreads, and multiple translations of quotes hidden in amongst the text.

Here’s the blurb from the Freight website….

“A lads’ weekend in Eastern Europe spirals out of control. A bleeding tourist is rescued by a stranger in downtown Toronto. A middle-aged woman holidaying in Tunisia considers the local options for love. An unemployed man shares his fantasies of a sex tour of Arizona with his long-suffering girlfriend. A woman is drawn into an impromptu but life-changing football game in the heart of the Amazon.

Following his universally acclaimed third novel, Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Somerset Maugham Award-winner, Rodge Glass, has created a themed, contemporary story collection like no other. With wit, wisdom, insight and pathos, he examines men and women of all ages who, through the advent of discount air travel, play out their lives and loves across the globe. Glass brilliantly captures the isolation, dislocation and occasional epiphanies of those who find themselves a thousand miles from home, and those who long to be.”

You can order the book direct from the Freight site. Click here. It is also in a UK-wide offer in WH Smiths Travel stores for a while after publication.

To celebrate the publication of LoveSexTravelMusik I did an interview in The Herald newspaper, available here, and did launches in Glasgow, Manchester and Edge Hill University.

In the summer I’ll be doing the Edinburgh Book Festival alongside the excellent Comma Press short story writer Adam Marek. Details TBC.  Meanwhile there’s a detailed interview with me on the Blank Media Collective website. You can see it here.

BRING ME THE HEAD OF RYAN GIGGS paperback

I’m delighted that Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs was published by Tindal Street Press / Serpent’s Tail on APRIL 4th 2013. This is also in an offer in all WH Smith Travel stores for the first month or so. Having spent much of 2012 touring the book I won’t be doing many events for it this time around, but there will be select, and some secret appearances in the months ahead. For more information please visit Tindal Street / Profile’s website. All enquiries, interviews, bookings etc. relating Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs to my publicist please. Contact: valentina.zanca@profilebooks.com

BEACONS: TALES FOR OUR NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE edited by Gregory Norminton

I contributed my story ‘We’re All Gonna Have the Blues’ to this book, which is a series of environmentally flavoured tales from many more distinguished authors than me, including the likes of Toby Litt, Joanne Harris, AL Kennedy, Janice Galloway, Adam Thorpe and others. I recently launched the book alongside Gregory Norminton, Clare Dudman, sponsored by Manchester Literary Festival, at the International Anthony Burgess Centre, also at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly, London, but there are many more events around the country in the months ahead, often at major literary festivals. All proceeds go to Stop Climate Chaos. You can buy ‘We’re All Gonna Have the Blues as a one off story on Amazon for mere pence. Click here.

I also wrote a piece related to this, on the emergence f climate fiction, or ‘Cli-Fi’, for The Guardian on 31st May. The piece is available here.

We’re just gathering reviews for the book at the moment, but are very pleased there have been reviews, all very positive in The Guardian, Irish Times, Scotsman, The List and even Traveller magazine – official Easyjet flight magazine. How’s that for a target market eh?