Another new Calder Wood Press title is on the stocks. It’s a collection of poetry by Anna Dickie, title not yet settled (but we’ve got some ideas). She gave me a portfolio of around 50 poems, and I’ve been reading them over the last couple of weeks. I handed them back to her yesterday, divided into Yes/No/Maybe and with my editorial notes. Once we’ve agreed the final selection of around 25 poems, we’ll sort out the structure and sequence. Then comes the choice of title and cover, and we’ll probably aim for an April launch – it’ll certainly be post-StAnza. Meanwhile, meetings have been set up with other potential CWP authors.
Thursday we went to the movies to see The Golden Compass. Parking was fraught – hordes of people visiting the sales. I’d been a bit apprehensive about watching the film. The book – the first part of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy – is one of my favourites, and I’m always wary of film versions of much loved books. It didn’t disappoint. The girl was a good Lyra, the armoured bear Iorek Byrnison (voiced by Ian McKellen) was well realised, and Nicole Kidman was an icily gorgeous Mrs Coulter. The Magisterium was even more sinister than in the book, with Derek Jacobi at his creepy best. I’ll re-read the book now.
We got home to discover that Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated. I’m shocked, horrified, and in despair over the future of democracy in Pakistan.