Porto, June

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From my balcony, the enigmatic, silent, meditative movements of a crane, high above a building site a few blocks away; like Christ in Majesty

THE PLAGUE-YEARS

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I posted this on my publisher’s website a little over seven years ago. The pestilence has been far more deadly than I ever imagined. I spent the last days of the summer as a writer in residence at La Torre de Dalt, in Catalunya; a beautiful medieval building, a little palace of marble floors, elaborate dark mirrors and vaulted ceilings, …

An extract from The Ghostwriter’s Notebook

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Dubinsky’s front door opened and a girl came out, turning to say something to the doorman before trotting down the steps. I saw her the other day, leaving the house as I was going in: pale, red hair. Andy called out to her. “Sally! Come and say hello sweetheart!” “Sally Dunbar,” she said, holding her hand out. “You must be …

Os Capitães de Abril

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The Captains had paid their dues for years in Africa. They had acquired the skills they needed to change the world – to rebuild it closer to the heart’s desire – at great personal expense, at the cost of many deaths, of many friends, in a pointless war.

MATTHEW 8 . 28

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28  And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29  And, behold, they cried out, saying, art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30  And there was …

More from the Notebook

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At Walthamstow Central a red balloon is blowing and bobbing along the electric rails, trailing a ribbon, driven on the hot wind of the underground, disappearing into the tunnel at the end of the station. The wind that sweeps the gloomy hills of London. In Hyde Park Court the white mansions are turned around, backs to the road, the grand …

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New book

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From The Ghostwriter’s Notebook  Copyright © Chris Keil 2015 The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena couldn’t tell me much about the asteroid 3408 Shalamov that I didn’t already know. They knew, obviously, that it had been discovered in 1977 by the Soviet astronomer Nikolai Chernykh, and is named after the author of Kolyma Tales. They’ve plotted its orbit, but they say …

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Wales Arts Review

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Thanks to Wales Arts Review for a nice review of Flirting at the Funeral in the latest issue. Even if you didn’t quite get Matty! Link: http://www.walesartsreview.org/flirting-at-the-funeral-by-chris-keil/  

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FROM “LIMINAL” (ALCEMI, 2007) CHAPTER THREE

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“The colours of the map rose up at him out of the pool of lamplight: the lucent blue of the Halcyonic Gulf; the sand-shades of the littoral, deepening in tone as the mountains rose behind the sea; winding yellow roads, and everywhere churches, and the little broken pillars marking ancient sites. He traced a route along the shore with the …

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New Flirting review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredibly brilliant, 8 Nov 2013 By  Bob Ventos “Bob Ventos” (UK) – See all my reviews   Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Flirting at the Funeral (Paperback) I bought this because I liked the title – but it was a great and surprising find. In fact, it’s the best novel I’ve read in several years. …

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HAY TRANSCRIPT

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  “The novel certainly came out of the optimism of the sixties and seventies, the feeling that the world might really be about to change, that anything was possible, that the old models of social, political, cultural life could be thrown out and utterly re-imagined; that there would be a series of concentric revolutions that would transform relations of class, …

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FROM CHAPTER TWENTY TWO

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“People slip away,” Howard said. “You have to hold on to them, or they slip away.” He walked through the vaulted archway of the gate-house into the dazzling afternoon light. “You can’t hold on to them,” Matty said, hanging back inside the key-hole of the arch. “They slip away anyway.” There was a slight resonance in her voice, a hollow echo. Howard turned, looking …

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WORDSTOCK 2013

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WORDSTOCK 2013 – The festival schedule is now live http://www.wordstockfestival.com/festival-schedule/ Two hundred and thirty writers, and I’m one of them! I’m doing a writing class on Sex and the Serious Novel And I’m appearing on stage with Chelsea Cain – going to be seriously good fun! Check it out here: http://chelseacain.com/events/wordstock-readingtalkqa  

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HAY TRANSCRIPT

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  “The novel certainly came out of the optimism of the sixties and seventies, the feeling that the world might really be about to change, that anything was possible, that the old models of social, political, cultural life could be thrown out and utterly re-imagined; that there would be a series of concentric revolutions that would transform relations of class, …

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The Forge at Gort Festival Easter 2013

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They know how to do book festivals in the west of Ireland and Guinness and hot toddies and music in the bars at night… Mark Brady of Cillian Press (UK) – left – in expressive mode introducing Chris Keil (right) in a discussion and reading from ‘Flirting at the Funeral,’ chaired by poet Patrick Stack (centre) at The Forge at …

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Wales Arts Review

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Thanks to Wales Arts Review for a nice review of Flirting at the Funeral in the latest issue. Even if you didn’t quite get Matty! Link: http://www.walesartsreview.org/flirting-at-the-funeral-by-chris-keil/  

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New Flirting review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredibly brilliant, 8 Nov 2013 By  Bob Ventos “Bob Ventos” (UK) – See all my reviews   Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Flirting at the Funeral (Paperback) I bought this because I liked the title – but it was a great and surprising find. In fact, it’s the best novel I’ve read in several years. …

More Flirting reviews

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Great review for Flirting at the Funeral on the Whichbook site: “A powerful, raging novel…” http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/book.aspx?id=10981 … … … … …  

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Marni Jackson’s review of “Flirting at the Funeral.”

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Writer, award winning journalist and film co-writer, Toronto based Marni Jackson gives her thoughts on Chris Keil’s latest novel Flirting at the Funeral. “Matty, the character I found so charming in the early bits, evolves into a wonderful monster, whose artistry is undermined by ambition, narcissism and and living in the past. Howard became one of my favourite characters, his …

Review in NWR

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“Portugal, romance, film, terrorism, materialism & European capitalism. Highly topical, in the week the European Council got the Nobel Peace Prize! Chris Keil’s Flirting at the Funeral is reviewed by Katherine Stansfield in NWR spring edition.” Gwen Davies, Editor New Welsh Review    

Flirting reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to read the sequel!, 12 Oct 2012 By Bananas – See all my reviews This review is from: Flirting at the Funeral (Paperback) This is a gripping, poignant and immersive read. Maybe it will resonate particularly with those who lived the time. The sequel would allow Matty to come through with integrity after doing away with Arno and …

Amazon reviews for Flirting at the Funeral

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Flirting at the Funeral by Chris Keil Edition: Paperback Price: £9.99 5.0 out of 5 stars Its fun to flirt, 15 Oct 2012 This review is from: Flirting at the Funeral (Paperback) I read the second of Chris Keil’s books, Liminal and found the story much more engrossing when the action switched from Wales to Greece. It is the same with his third book, Flirting …

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WORDSTOCK 2013

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WORDSTOCK 2013 – The festival schedule is now live http://www.wordstockfestival.com/festival-schedule/ Two hundred and thirty writers, and I’m one of them! I’m doing a writing class on Sex and the Serious Novel And I’m appearing on stage with Chelsea Cain – going to be seriously good fun! Check it out here: http://chelseacain.com/events/wordstock-readingtalkqa  

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WORDSTOCK WORKSHOP

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  Title of creative writing workshop at Wordstock: SEX AND THE SERIOUS NOVEL The workshop will look at the role of the erotic in literary fiction: sometimes moving, sometimes embarrassing, sometimes unintentionally hilarious. Sex is a major part of life; why do so many serious writers have such trouble writing about it?    

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HAY TRANSCRIPT

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  “The novel certainly came out of the optimism of the sixties and seventies, the feeling that the world might really be about to change, that anything was possible, that the old models of social, political, cultural life could be thrown out and utterly re-imagined; that there would be a series of concentric revolutions that would transform relations of class, …

WORDSTOCK 2013

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If you missed me at Hay in June, you can catch me at Wordstock in October! The Wordstock Festival takes place at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, USA, October 3rd-6th. And I’m going to be there!

FLIRTING AT HAY

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Really looking forward to being at Hay with FLIRTING AT THE FUNERAL on June 2nd! http://www.hayfestival.com/p-5822-chris-keil-and-julian-preece.aspx  

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Full audio

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FLIRTING AT HAY You can hear the full audio version of my gig at Hay on the Festival site: http://www.hayfestival.com/p-5822-chris-keil-and-julian-preece.aspx But skip the first 34 minutes!    

From the Notebook 2

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It was sunset, and windy; the house was on the top of a hill. They were lighting fires and heaping rubbish into piles, throwing furniture out of the front door. They were intoxicated with leaving.

From the Notebook

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From: The Ghostwriter’s Notebook Copyright © Chris Keil 2015 “Disgusting old man, that porrnographer. I met him Stephen you know, in Petersburg in 2005; he dribbles. I think he pisses pants also.” Fabienne was pouring herself a drink, her back to the room. “You’re so rude, darling,” she said. She turned to look at me. “He can’t help it, I …

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LISBON

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  I’m borrowing an apartment in Lisbon, fabulously glamorous city in a wonderfully frayed and tattered, ever-so-slightly seedy sort of a way, perfect belle époque, faded, a little down-at-heel, a courtesan of a certain age, irresistible! And I’m getting some writing done; for some reason my imagination is being fed raw meat here, even though I’m writing about London and …

THE GHOSTWRITER’S NOTEBOOK

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A mummified apparition in a wheel-chair. A mammoth in the permafrost.The oligarch lives round the corner from the Blairs, where restless groups of armed police – Diplomatic Protection Group – stamp their feet outside little designer boutiques with a single silk dress in the window. He is hiring: a ghostwriter, a dialogue coach, a personal shopper; and the limousines wait in …

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