Will Self is going to be part of a panel discussing contemporary approaches to death and dying at the LSE on Sunday March 1, 11.30am. The event is free, but you’ll need to get a ticket.
You can find a Guardian news story about Will Self’s short story celebrating Bushy Park here, one of London’s royal parks, which is due to be published in May, and also Nicholas Lezard’s blog on it too.
Walk this way
For a chance to go on a walk in London with Will, visit the Evening Standard’s auction page and bid on lot 39 in their Christmas Charity Auction. You have until December 15 to make a bid.
Will is going to be a panellist on Question Time next week, December 11. The panel will also include Schools Minister Jim Knight, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, and Esther Rantzen.
Will is going to be on Resonance FM on Thursday November 20 at 4.30pm. He is a guest on Interesting Conversations. You can listen via 104.4FM or go to www.resonancefm.com. An MP3 version will be available to download later. Will is to discuss The Butt, Liver and “his intumescent back catalogue”.
The banks have buried their heads in the sand
Over the past decade, as British culture has become steeped in pop psychology, one expression has come to be bandied about with increasing abandon: “She’s in denial.” Much as I deplore such psychobabble, sometimes “in denial” is the mot juste. Since the British economy began to hit the buffers, while interest rates have been slashed and consumer demand plummeted, so people’s denial has increased. Of course, ours being an unequal society, this denial has not been spread about evenly; on the contrary, the highest concentration is among the richest and most powerful.
To read the rest of Will’s Standard column, click here.
The Gallery, Foyles
Will is going to be talking about psychogeography and WG Sebald tomorrow at 6.30pm at The Gallery, Foyles bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2. Call 020-7713 0023 for tickets.
Folkestone literary festival
Will is going to be at the Folkestone Academy as part of the Folkestone literary festival on Thursday at 8.30pm.
Will is going to be at the Lincoln Drill Hall tonight at 8pm.
The last Psychogeography column
Sadly, the weekend saw the last of Self and Steadman’s Psychogeography columns in the Independent Magazine.