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James Clelland

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New Kid on the Blog

I’m not sure what belonging means – ask Milan Kundera and JM Coetzee, others who’ve also┬ámoved from their mother country to elsewhere, in my case from Scotland to South Africa – but since my novel Deeper than Colour won the EU Literary Award and was published by Jacana last year, I guess I’ve earned my literary spurs In South Africa. At last.

My writing career started forty years ago but the sad outcome is that most of the publications I’ve written for have vanished, like Springbok Radio, the Rand Daily Mail and probably Women’s Forum too. Look out Jacana, did you realise the risk you were taking when you published work by James Clelland?

So, this brief blog is to announce the arrival of surely the oldest New Kid on the Blog at a (very) ripe 63 years of age. But who gives a toss about mere numbers? Not I – watch this space for thoughts on publishers, publicity and reviewers!

 

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    February 12th, 2011 @23:01 #
     
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    Hallo James. We met at BookEx, drinking rather nice wine supplied by Jacana. (Do try not to close them down, there's a good fellow.) It sounds as if earned your writing stripes while many of us were still chewing Noddy books, but it's lovely to have you in this space.

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  • <a href="http://www.jamesclelland.co.za" rel="nofollow">James Clelland</a>
    James Clelland
    February 13th, 2011 @11:47 #
     
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    Thanks for the hello Helen. Yes, the wine was good, long live Jacana, but was only made available as very few people rocked up to hear this novelist and they were all drinkers who easily fitted aournd one table in the bar.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    February 13th, 2011 @12:49 #
     
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    Yup, it was one of those ouch events when the only folks that showed up were other writers (you see, we need each other). Although there was that posse of charming young men, one of whom tapped me on the shoulder to ask if it was true that the wine was free. They could not believe this -- you could see them looking round nervously for the trap. I told them a habit of buying and reading books (and therefore attending book launches) would lead to a lifetime of free wine.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    February 13th, 2011 @16:55 #
     
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    Hello. Congrads on your award. I'm another drifting soul trying to make a home in a country not of my birth. BookSA lets me play, anyway. :-)

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  • <a href="http://kathrynwhite.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    Kathryn
    February 14th, 2011 @10:08 #
     
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    Hello James.

    Welcome, welcome :)

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    February 14th, 2011 @10:43 #
     
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    Welcome, James. Looking forward to your future posts.

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