Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nude Zealand

I've got some exciting news, I won't beat about the easel, I'll lay it bare...

...Nuala Ní Chonchúir is coming to New Zealand to Kick off her world tour to promote her new book of short fiction Nude...and the best bit...she's starting the tour here!

That's right, I'm going to be hosting the first stop off! How cool is this?!

(I've only ever hosted a sheep tick before so I hope I can pull this off!)

And that's where I need you, dear bloggers. I'm going to be interviewing Nuala (AKA WOMEN RULE WRITER), and I thought it might be fun to have a little audience participation.


Follow me into my studio and I will elaborate.

By all means take a seat - but not that one! It has wet paint on it. Phewsh!

Oh, just look how the light has illuminated your cheek...I's the thing. I'm going to be asking Nuala some questions and I thought, wow, of all the times I would have loved to ask a 'real' writer some questions, and now I can! And wouldn't it be great to share that feeling?

This is what I'm going to do. I am offering you, dear bloggers, the opportunity to ask Nuala a question of your own. Here's the deal. I get to ask three questions. I'm giving up my third question to one of you, so it had better be a good one.

Rules: it has to be a question about writing or about Nude.

What's in it for you? You mean, that isn't enough? You're a tough bunch to please.

Well, Nude is published by Salt (and is available to buy now - ha), and Salt's website receives '80,000 visits a month...14 million hits a year'.

Uh? Not following?

As a little thank you for hosting Nuala, I get my blog profiled on Salt's website - yup - I get (in theory) 80,000 extra visits to my blog per month (that's 80,006 bloggers in total!) As my reward to you guys for your questions, I will guest profile your blogs, thus sending that extra traffic your way, too.

Now are you interested?

I'll only be asking one of your questions mind, the rest of you will still get profiled for contributing though - that sound fair?

I look forward to writing your portrait!


Amber said...

What an honor! I know you will be superb at planning her visit (as women are notoriously better planners then our male counterparts) I will have to look into her further! And I love all the ladies from New Zealand and I hope I can brave the plane ride there one day.

Rachel Fenton said...

Hi Amber, I'm afraid this woman has all the intentions of being a good planner and then a random chaos descends and things get, if not pear shaped, at least a bit strange. It's all good if you like strange though :)

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Returning your visit! Brilliant news, that you are nattering the lovely and talented Nuala. I have my copy in the post from Salt, ordered yesterday funnily enough. Cant wait!

Happy days.

Lori said...

This should be interesting. I have checked her web site and she does seem exceptional.

So you want a question? Mine would be this:

"You write both poetry and fiction with success. What is the process of choosing to manifest a thought as either a poem or a short story?"

Rachel Fenton said...

Thanks Vanessa!

Lori - brilliant question, thanks. I know what my answer would be - which is interesting as I still haven't decided on my questions!

Jen said...

I haven't read any of her things sorry - but i wanted to leave you a comment because i always get excited by other nz bloggers :)
I'm currently working on a film festival and have to host directors and producers and scary people like that so i know how you are feeling. But most of the time they are always lovely lovely people and you'll do a great job :)

Rachel Fenton said...

Just checked out your blog - fantastic stuff. Hope it all goes brilliantly for you, too!

Hugh McMillan said...

A World Tour? Good God, who's paying for that?

Great honour to host the first leg, though, and I'm sure you'll do a great job. She's an excellent reader and writer, and a very nice person, as I remember (albeit in hazy fashion- it was the Cuirt Festival, after I'd been to a 'reading' with the self-proclaimed Irish Bard of Poteen.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Will dip more into your's.

Dave King said...

Wow! That's really something to get excited about. Hope you'll keep us posted.

Rachel Fenton said...

Shug - it's a small world!

Dave - will do.

Thanks to both of you for popping in!

Law and Order said...

Hi Rachel,
How wonderful. I checked out her site too and she sounds amazing. Look forward to more. :)

Andrea said...

All the best with it! I'm sure it will go well.

I'm always interested in what writer's have to say, but it is difficult to think up questions that are not obvious or cliched.

I like the one about poetry vs fiction. I'm always interested in hearing about peoples various influences - I'm not very good at posing questions I'm afraid!

I'm sure you'll think up some great ones.

Rachel Fenton said...

Joanne - thanks, I'm looking forward to it.

Andrea - I know what you mean, hence asking you guys for questions, lol! No worries - glad I'm posting something of interest at least!

Better get my thinking cap on - now where did I put it?

Group 8 said...

Wow - it's all kicking off over here!!

Pretty Little Pictures - I am indeed a lovely, lovely person!

Shug - helloo! Was that this year's Cúirt?

I'm looking forward to all the questions. Tune back in on the 1st September for the first stop on my VIRTUAL tour. (Shug - you can't honestly think I'm actually going to NZ - much as I would love to. I can barely afford to go to Dublin...from Galway.)

Rachel - I sent you a mail today with further info.

See you all later,
Nuala x

Rachel Fenton said...

Cheers me dears!