Sunday, April 01, 2007

Salt authors Neil Campbell and David Gaffney

Salt Publishing have just launched their new and innovative short story list, in which I'm thrilled to be included, and on Friday lunchtime at Manchester Central Library two of my fellow contributors, David Gaffney and Neil Campbell, gave a great reading from their debut collections. Lunchtime it may have been, but the room was packed, latecomers standing, to hear their two very contrasting styles. Firstly, in suitable deadpan mode Neil read from Broken Doll, ironic and moving stories of urban loss and confinement, and then David bounced on to make us all laugh with the short-short stories in which he specialises, collected in Sawn-Off Tales.

You can see from the pics below how appreciative the audience was, and how keen to snap up those striking Salt editions. (Neil is on the left and David on the right.)

4 comments:

Adrian said...

I was sorry I couldn't make it; I had back-to-back meetings. No excuse, really, but no escaping either.

Elizabeth Baines said...

You missed a treat!

Shameless said...

Oh these do look great. Nice covers. I like the sound of Salt Publishing, and nice to see poems and short stories getting space! : Neil looks like he will sell some books just on his good looks, which is always a bonus!

Elizabeth Baines said...

Can't argue with that, I guess, Shameless - ie the power of image. More generally speaking, in my opinion Salt are completely brilliant at making use of it while never selling out to it.