Hello. I’ve been doing a bit of writing the last two or three years, ever since I was on the train on the way to Canterbury for teacher training, and I realised the name of the estate agent I used to deliver leaflets for would make for a good punning title for a story. A few hours later “Chard Times” was born, in lieu of an essay…
Well, its been exciting, I always feel better, like I have a reason when I have completed a story. I did “Come On Down” this morning. Have a look.
The point of this post is, that after years of bad attempts, plagiarism and piss-poor writing it has come together in some form. I was then extremely flattered and very grateful that the gentlemen in Friendly Fires asked me to contribute a story for their “Late Night Tales” compilation.
I thought “Flat Of Angles” the most suitable, as it deals with that strange period back at individual houses after some sort of gathering, party… I submitted a remix of that, and waited for the approval from the lads, and…
Benedict Cumberbatch. I didn’t know his work, but when I looked him up, I was humbled and feared-up. “Frankenstein” at the National. Oh shit, he, won’t dig my stuff. But he did – I couldn’t be happier, that was such an amazing feeling, I can’t describe it. That’s the bad writing again.
When I met him I accidentally called him “Ben” in the confusion, I had tried to look writerly – hat, briefcase, London Review of Books, Nabakov in pocket. He was very friendly, just “got” all the references I thought no-one would, and performed it incredibly – really got into subtleties in the text I didn’t realise were there.
A Coke can fizzed its way onto the track. He said “I’ll leave that out here. No Coke for me until I’m finished.”
There was much more chat, but I’ll leave it there.
Buy Friendly Fires’ “Late Night Tales.” Out worldwide on CD, download and vinyl. November 5th 2012.
PS. He nailed “Spare Change Man” and Tim, and Doug, having never met them.