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April events with Stuart David

We’re excited to announce a set of special events coming (very) soon, where Stuart will be talking all things Belle & Sebastian and In the All-Night Café.

Thursday 16th April, 6pm – Waterstones Edinburgh West End
Stuart David in conversation with Vic Galloway
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 0131 226 2666/ events.edinburghwestend@waterstones.com.
Tickets available on the door at no extra charge

Friday 17th, 7.30pm – Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street
Stuart David in conversation with Ian Rankin
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 0141 332 9105/ Events.GlasgowSauchiehallST@waterstones.com.
Tickets available on the door at no extra charge

Wednesday 22nd April – Monorail Music, Glasgow
Members of Belle & Sebastian in conversation about In the All-Night Café

Thursday 23rd April, 7pm – Waterstones Trafalgar Square
Stuart David in conversation about In The All-Night Café
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 020 7839 4411 or TicketScript http://bit.ly/1FKkxzN

For more information about the Waterstones events, visit www.waterstones.com/events (scroll to the bottom of the page).

“Life Writing”

“In The All Night Cafe” is the seventh book I’ve written, but it’s my first non-fiction one- and I’m still a bit surprised at having done it.

It probably began with me studying for a degree with the Open University. I hadn’t been very well for a long time, and I was stuck at home- so I thought I’d do some Open University courses to pass the time. After doing a lot of reading and writing a lot of essays, I realised that if I did a creative writing course I could probably get some credits for a lot less studying, so I signed up for one.

It was mostly fiction writing, but there was one module in Life Writing, and I wrote a piece based on a visit a journalist had made to my house to interview me about Belle and Sebastian- and about how I couldn’t talk about the things I really wanted to talk about; how he kept guiding the conversation towards gossip and scandal.

I’d struggled to get above 75% in any of my academic writing, but although I’d been getting around 85% for my fiction, I got 92% for my Life Writing. And I’d enjoyed it. So it encouraged me to think about trying it again in the future.

I’d also been keeping a folder on my shelves called “Tigermilk” for a few years, adding notes to it occasionally of memories from that time, of things that had never been documented- mainly because we hadn’t done any Belle and Sebastian interviews at the beginning, when journalists would usually have asked us about that stuff.

So I thought one day it might make a book. It had become a luminous and cherished period of my life. But a few more things had to happen before I got around to actually trying to do it.

I’ll write about those things next time.

“Belle & Sebastian’s Formative Year”

The title of my memoir, at the moment, is “In The All Night Café”, with the subtitle- A Memoir Of Belle & Sebastian’s Formative Year.

Most introductory articles on Belle & Sebastian still begin, “Belle & Sebastian formed in an all night café in Glasgow in 1996,” so the title is a reference to that little myth.

I’ve chosen to cover a relatively short period of time in the book. From Winter 1994 until Spring 1996. Just the undocumented and formative period of the band. I thought when I started writing that it all took place within one year, but checking old letters as I went along it’s a bit longer, so I might need a new subtitle now.

The book begins with the moment I decided to learn bass. I’d already been writing songs and leading bands for ten years before that, but my current band had been looking for a bass player for months without success, and it suddenly occurred to me that I could learn bass and give up guitar, because guitarists were much easier to find.

The memoir is really the story of how that decision changed everything for me- and it takes in the first two bands I played in with Stuart Murdoch- “Lisa Helps The Blind” and “Rhode Island”- and ends with the launch party for the first B&S album, “Tigermilk”.

Next time, I’ll write a little bit about how and why I started writing the memoir, and the strange coincidences that led to it finding a publisher.