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Spring 2014

My essay 'The Magic Box' is in the new issue of Granta. It's about David Wojnarowicz, art, Aids and the gentrification of Times Square. The intro is available to read online here.

On 16 April, I'll be reading at the Society Club in Soho with Patrick de Witt for a Granta event on alcohol. On 23 April, I'll be talking about my writing more generally at Clare Hall, Cambridge. And there's a long interview with me about lonelinesss, transgressive writing , alcohol and all sorts of other things on Buzzfeed here.

Echo Spring is out in paperback in the UK on 16 May. And I recently reviewed Leslie Jamison's wonderful The Empathy Exams for the New York Times.

Jan 2014

I'll be in conversation with Gaby Wood about David Wojnarowicz for the launch of Granta 126, 'Do you remember': 4 Feb at the Horse Hospital. Other spring dates: Bath Literature Festival on 6 March, Manchester Writing School on 20 March.

Winter 2013

I've been in New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh for the last two months, on a research trip for The Lonely City. I explored some incredible archives, including Andy Warhol's Time Capsules at the Warhol Museum and Henry Darger's journals and art materials at the American Folk Art Museum. An essay on my work in the David Wojnarowicz archive at Fales Library is forthcoming in the next issue of Granta.

The Trip to Echo Spring is published in America on 31 December, and I'll be touring the States in January. Full details here.

I'll be talking about Virginia Woolf's Orlando and what it has to do with gender outlaws Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Kate Bornstein & Chelsea Manning at 5X15 's Exceptional Women event on 28 November at the St Pancras Hotel.

August 2013

28 August: I'll be reading from The Trip to Echo Spring, as well as a story by Hemingway, at Pin Drop in London at 6.30 pm.

31 August: I'll be reading and talking about both my books at The End of the Road festival at 10.30 am.

Recent radio includes Radio 4, BBC World Service, Australia's ABC, Ireland's RTE and Newstalk and Talk Radio Europe. Two of my favourites were Radio 4's Open Book, discussing writers and alcohol with Mariella Frostrup and NTS, discussing the genesis of Echo Spring with the wonderful Carrie Plitt.

There are extracts from Echo in the Observer and the Sunday Times, plus a piece on the five greatest drinking novels in the Financial Times.

July 2013

I've just received two lovely pre-publication quote for The Trip to Echo Spring.

"Olivia Laing’s writing is beautifully modulated, her tone knowledgeable yet intimate. She can evoke a state of mind as gracefully as she evokes a landscape. The Trip to Echo Spring is a book for all writers or would-be writers. It's one of the best books I’ve read about the creative uses of adversity: frightening but perversely inspiring." Hilary Mantel

"I loved The Trip to Echo Spring. It's a beautiful book that has stayed with me in a profound way" - Nick Cave.

June 2013

Finished copies of The Trip to Echo Spring have arrived! It will be published on 1 August. You can pre-order a copy here. Can't wait? There are a few signed preview copies in Heffers in Cambridge.

Recent reviews include Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby, Sarah Schulman's Gentrification of the Mind, I Remember by Joe Brainard, Here and Now by Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee, Field Notes From A Hidden City by EstherWoolfson and Sheila Heti's How Should A Person Be.

I've also recently written essays for the Observer on Riot Grrl and for Aeon on the place of plants in our culture, medicine and art. And you can watch my Charleston discussion with Sigrid Rausing and Patrick McGrath on trauma and creativity here.

And a bit of happy news: I was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors as part of their 2013 Authors' Awards.

April 2013

I'll be doing various Echo-related events this spring, including Cambridge Wordfest on 13 April, the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow on 19 April, the Lewes Monday Literary Society on 29 April and the wonderful Charleston Festival on 23 May.

I'm also teaching two workshops: Looking, Walking, Remembering at Charleston on 24 May and Landscape Writing at Cambridge Wordfest on 12 April.

December 2012

My new essay for Aeon on art, sex, loneliness, NYC, David Wojnarowicz and the Hudson river piers is now up here. It's a sneak preview of many of the issues & themes that will crop up in the new book, The Lonely City.

October 2012

Recent pieces include a column on the month's best books for Prospect, a review of Sara Maitland's Gossip from the Forest in the Observer, and an essay on ash dieback, Hurricane Sandy, M.R. James, giant spiders and ruptured children for the Junket. I also reviewed Cynthia Carr's astonishing biography of David Wojnarowicz, Fire in the Belly, for the Statesman.

August 2012

To the River has been shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book Award. I've written about my favourite airport for the Guardian here.

Recent reviews include Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan for the Statesman and Katherine Angel's wonderful Unmastered for the Observer.

I'll be reading from To the River in Belgium on 31 August at Zin in Zomer, an arts festival in Hasselt, and again in Lewes on 26 September.

June 2012

I'll be reading and discussing landscape with poet Jean Sprackland at the London Review Bookshop on Thursday 28 June. Details and tickets here. On 26 May, I chaired an event at Charleston festival with Ronald Blythe and Robert Macfarlane. We talked about memory, landscape, ghosts and their beautiful new books. You can listen to it here.

May 2012

To the River has been shortlisted for the 2012 RSL Ondaatje Prize, awarded for a distinguished work of literature evoking the spirit of a place.

I've written a 100th birthday appreciation of John Cheever for the New Statesman, as well as a guide to the South Downs of Eric Ravilious and the Bloomsbury set for the Guardian.

On 30/31 May I'll be teaching a couple of all-day workshops at Charleston Festival on writing and walking, with inspiration and technical tips from Frank O'Hara and Virginia Woolf. Both of these notably original writers used walking – be it city strolls or rural tromps - as ways of stimulating their work, and we'll be looking at Woolf's diaries and O'Hara's lunch poems to see how these fertile strategies might be applied to our own creative productions. Advance booking is recommended as places are very limited.

Spring 2012

I'm very happy to announce that I've just been awarded a Sigmund Strochlitz grant from the University of Connecticut to work on Frank O'Hara's letters. I've also recently written another short piece for Teenage, on Two of Us, a 1980s queer-positive film by the BBC.

Finally, 'The Lonely City', my essay on de Chirico, Edward Hopper and aesthetics of loneliness in Manhattan is in the spring edition of The Junket.

Jan/Feb 2012

I'll be reading from John Berryman's Homage to Mistress Bradstreet at Poetry at Blacks on 10 Jan and from To the River at The Book Stops Here on 13 Feb.

Nov/Dec 2011

I've just written a short piece about my years as a riot grrrl for my friend Matt Wolf's Teenage project (his film, an adaptation of Jon Savage's book, is out next year). Recent reviews include Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, a biography of the strange friendship between Conan Doyle and Houdini, and a book of the year toast to Wayne Koestenbaum's magnificent Humiliation.

Autumn 2011

I'm spending autumn in New York, researching The Trip to Echo Spring. A report of my adventures is in the New Statesman. A couple of dates on my return: I'll be reading at Richmond Literature Festival on 25 November and the Festival of Ideas in Bristol on 1 December. I'll also be guest lecturing on Exeter University's Writing, Nature and Place MA on ways of approaching place-specific writing. 

August 2011

On 20 August, I'll be in conversation with James Runcie at the amazing Beyond Borders festival at Traquair House in Scotland, discussing landscape, memory and identity. I'll also be talking to Joan Bakewell about landscape at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 22 August as part of her Key Ideas of the 21st Century series.

June/July 2011

June kicks off with the Telegraph Hay Festival on 3 June and the Yellow-Lighted Festival in the Cotswolds on 4 June. Later in the month, I'll be reading at the Steyning Live Lounge in Sussex on 21 June and the CMP Festival in Brighton on 9 July. I've also written a piece for the Observer magazine about why I spent my early twenties living feral in a bender in the Sussex countryside.

April/May 2011

I'll be interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour on 27 April. You can listen again here.

First reading of the season is with Leo Benedictus at the i Literary Salon in the Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities on Satuday 28 May at 1pm. That's followed by Charleston Festival on 29 May, where I'll be in conversation with Alexandra Harris, author of Romantic Moderns, and the art historian Frances Spalding.

You can read my guide to New York's best literary hotels in Condé Nast Traveller here.

February 2011

To The River will be published in the Netherlands by De Bezige Bij, also the Dutch publisher of WG Sebald and Virginia Woolf.

December 2010

I've just been awarded a fellowship at MacDowell, the oldest artists' colony in the United States, to work on my second book, The Trip to Echo Spring. I've also received grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation to travel around America in the spring of 2011 in the footsteps of Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver. I'm thrilled by both these opportunities, and extremely grateful for the generosity and support of MacDowell, the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.

July 2010

I've started writing for the New Statesman; reviews include the latest novels by Benjamin Markovits and Nicholas Shakespeare. I've also been recommending spooky summer reads for the Observer, as well as reviewing the brilliant Nicola Barker. And there's a whole slew of other stuff - Nancy Mitford and Michael Chabon among them - here.

January 2010

Recent reviews include Meg Rosoff, Tobias Wolff, Jane Gardam, William Burroughs and Janice Galloway, not to mention a bizarre history of literary hoaxes. I've also profiled Stephanie Meyer, the squeaky-clean vampire queen, for the Observer, as well as previewing hot books to look out for in 2010.

June 2009

I'm delighted to announce that the non-fiction book I'm currently working on, Going Under, and my second book, The Trip to Echo Spring, have been bought by Canongate.

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