Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Early Warning

I was writing in the front room, which contains a piano, when my wife put her head around the door and told me I had to write somewhere else as she needed to practice the piano. So I crept away.

She is playing Evelyn Evelyn music, in preparation for the week of Evelyn Evelyn at the Fringe. (They'll be playing at the Assembly George Square from the 17th to the 21st.) And I am blogging before I get back to work.


This came in this morning on the FAQ line:

I was wondering if you will be coming to North West anytime soon for any reason that would allow fans to meet you. More specifically the Portland/Vancouver area. I just recently started reading your stuff and absolutely love it.

And I thought, funny you should ask that...

I'm putting this up as an early warning, as a "Keep the Date Free" sort of a thing.

Photo from

I'm Guest of Honour at World Fantasy Con in San Diego this year, just before Hallowe'en. I'm also going to be, with Amanda, in Seattle on November the 11th, for our friend Jason Webley's huge party-event-spectacular.

Amanda and I started discussing ways to get from San Diego to Seattle, and we thought it might be fun to drive, but that the journey would go by too quickly, and then one or other of us suggested the idea of having a reason to stop along the way, and I was just about to do the American Gods tour and was receiving lots of messages from people who were grumpy that the talks had all sold out and loved the idea of getting out and reading to people...

And we thought, well, we could do "An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer" (or vice versa) and stop off in smaller, nicer theatres, and just fill an evening with story-readings and with songs and with poem-readings and such. I hope that Amanda will do the songs, although I want her to read or help read a few things and she has asked if I would sing "The Problem With Saints"... We'll probably answer questions together. Amanda thinks we should write a new song during the performance in each location. I think that would either be fun or insane (I waver).

It should be a very unusual evening. I'm not sure yet whether we'll rehearse and plan and organise a show together, or whether we'll each take half of a show and change it around each night. Or, more likely, some sort of mixture of both. We have time to decide, plan and create it either way.

(The hardest thing for me to decide is whether to try and keep the things I read all on the shorter side, or whether I should read some half-hour long short stories.)

I do not know whether there will be a signing afterwards of anything - it may depend mostly on the venues and when they need to close their doors by. But we are planning to have tour tee shirts, a tour poster, and possibly even a signed limited edition print or two. Whatever we can fit into the back of a car.

(Yes, we know where we are going to be, theatre by theatre. No, we are not announcing that bit until the tickets go on-sale.)

Keep your eyes open here on the blog for the actual venue/tickets announcements. (I'm afraid tickets will probably sell out very fast in some of these theatres.)

So. The dates. I've cut and pasted (and slightly modified) this bit from Amanda's blog:

Oct 28&29 i have SOLO shows in san diego and LA....then neil & i join forces for:

Oct 31st - Halloween Night in Los Angeles, CA

Nov 3rd - BAY AREA, CA

Nov 4th - Sacramento, CA

Nov 7th - Portland, OR

Nov 8th - Seattle, WA

Nov 9th - Vancouver, BC, Canada!

the 10th is Neil's birthday and we'll probably spent it hanging out in seattle, helping Jason Webley make papier mache coffee percolators or something equally absurd for his big seattle show on the 11th.

Will we ever do this show again, or do it anywhere else? I have no idea. It depends mostly on how much we enjoy it, I suspect. And if we do enjoy it, then we might try it the next time we decide to break up a long drive, or the next time we go somewhere unusual together.

It's quite possible we won't enjoy it. Or that Amanda will be off album-making and touring for the album for most of the next two years, while I'll be novel-writing and making some other stuff, so this may be the only one of these there is.

And that's all.

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