Amy Fellows, a final-year student in Illustration at Norwich NUA, was inspired by Will Self’s short story iAnna – which was written to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 – to create a set of Russian Dolls looking at “themes of madness, technology and internal incarceration”. Here, she gives a brief description of what the piece is about:
Will is going to be taking part in a Q&A session at the Guardian on Monday 11 August. For more details and to submit a question, go here.
25 July: Urban Psychosis, An evening with Will Self, Manchester.
12 August: Edinburgh Book Festival, 8pm, Charlotte Square Gardens, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR.
10 September: Topping and Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS.
11 September: LRB bookshop, 7pm.
16 September: Desert Island Flicks, Arnolfini, Bristol.
17-19 September: Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition, ICC, Birmingham.
22 September: 5×15 at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London. Sold out.
23 September: Wakefield Lit Fest, 7.30pm, Unity Hall, Wakefield.
Watch Will Self talking about death at an RSA event tonight at 6.30pm.
Will Self has contributed to a documentary entitled The Future of Work and Death that explores how imminent technologies may – or may not – have a seismic effect on how society operates. The film chiefly focuses on artificial intelligence, “negligible senescence” and silicon-based immortality.
There’s a Kickstarter page here too.
Will Self writes about the drowned world of JG Ballard’s Shepperton in the first column of his new psychogeography series, On location, in the New Statesman, available online soon. This replaces his Real Meals column.
In largeheartedboy.com’s Book Notes series, Will Self has created – and discusses – a music playlist that relates to his most recently published book, Umbrella, from the Kinks’ “Ape Man” to “Don’t Let it Die” by Hurricane Smith.