Big sky country
A long time ago, Jon McGregor ran away from home. Well, it was more of a bike ride through the fields of East Anglia – and he only got as far as Wisbech. Now, he revisits the changing world of traditional farming in the area through the images of Justin Partyka in The Guardian. You can read more here.
A year without email
Jon McGregor has not been writing or sending email since the start of this year. He explains why – and what it’s been like – in The Guardian.
Jon McGregor is encouraging others to write in his role as editor of a newly launched literary journal called The Letters Page. The journal aims to explore everyday life through the form of the letter. Published by the University of Nottingham, The Letters Page explores what letters and letter writing mean for people in the age of the text and the tweet. More details here.
A Sting in the tale
Jon McGregor has been asked to help judge Ireland’s biggest short story competition. Jon will join Anne Enright and Yiyun Li in deciding the winner of €15,000 for the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014. The competition is sponsored by Davy Byrnes and organised by The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Not surprisingly, Jon says he is “both thrilled and slightly daunted” by the task. Read more here.
Jon McGregor’s book Even the Dogs recently had a mention in reader reviews on The Guardian’s books blog. Read more here.
A good week
Jon McGregor is having a good week. He has just won the East Midlands Book Award 2013 for This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. Read more here. Jon has also been shortlisted out of a record breaking longlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 for the same book (read more here). Make that a great week.
Jon McGregor is featured in the countdown to the awards for the East Midlands Book Award 2013. His book, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You, is on the shortlist. Find out what he thinks about this – and more – here.
Book of a Lifetime
Writer Jess Richards recently shared in The Independent why her Book of a Lifetime is one of Jon McGregor’s. Find out more here.
Penny for their thoughts
Tickets are now available to hear Jon McGregor in conversation with another British short story writer, Sarah Hall, and they only cost a penny. As part of the Summer Reads programme, you can hear Jon and Sarah give readings and discuss their writing for a special Penny Reads event at Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library in July. Go here to reserve your ticket for free and pay just a penny on the door.
In conversation with George Saunders
Jon McGregor will be talking short stories with George Saunders next month. You can catch the two writers in conversation at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre on 28 May. Find out more and book tickets here.