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THE LAVENDER BLUE DRESS

My first book for children, a picture book for ages 3 – 7 (beautifully) illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen, will be published on October 10th by Cargo. It’s called The Lavender Blue Dress – and there’s a sneak peak above – and if you’ve seen me do a solo show in the last few years, the chances are you’ve heard the story live. The first print will be in hardback and also comes with a free CD featuring an audio version read by me with music by Bill Wells (and Louise Stewart playing the female voices). The dust jacket is removable too, and features a cut-out-and-play paper doll on the reverse side! To launch the book, I’ll be doing a few (FREE!) events in the coming weeks:

Friday 10th October: Waterstones Argyle Street, Glasgow, 7pm – An evening event for grown-ups only, with a few songs and poems from me, and a Lavender Blue Dress reading (of course). I’ll be joined by Emmeline too!

Saturday 11th October: Waterstones Argyle Street, Glasgow, 2pm – A second, afternoon children’s event that’s safe for all the family! Will include a reading and dress design for the kids. With Emmeline too!

Saturday 15th November: Waterstones, Thistle Centre, Stirling, 3pm – A children’s event as above.

(There are no plans for any trips down to the rest of the UK as yet, but fingers crossed we should have some soon.)

If you’d like an idea of what to expect at the kids’ events, Emmeline has some photos of the Edinburgh International Book Festival event on her site HERE.

I also went on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth to read and discuss the book – you can listen on the iPlayer HERE.

The book will be available in all good bookshops everywhere, but if you’d like to pre-order at a discounted price, you can do it right now at the Cargo webshop HERE.

Hope to see you somewhere!

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VAGRANTS_09_14

These are the vagrants, begging for change by the side of the superhighway, the abandoned hobos brushing off digital dust and leaping from the virtual shelf … otherwise known as the rarities compilation. Six are unleashed for the first time, while four of them have either popped up on vinyl somewhere or were floated online. There are three covers but the rest are all mine, and they’ve all been professionally remastered as a whole for your optimum aural delight, available exclusively in the form of a digital album. Yes, sadly there will be no physical release of this album, though it was carefully considered – mainly because I really like the cover – but I just don’t want to make too much of a fuss over it, plus I haven’t really got the time to post out LPs. So apologies to all of you who quite rightly love vinyl and also, of course, to the real record shops who would normally stock my wares – I can assure you that my next album proper will be as tangible as they come. The album is currently available on Bandcamp (link above) and will (might) be released on iTunes, Amazon, and all the rest later in the year.

 

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WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE TRAILER

The Where You’re Meant To Be movie – a document of my recent tour of Scotland and exploration of our oral traditions – is nearing completion and should be ready for release early next year. It’ll look something like this:

Where You’re Meant To Be - Demo Trailer from Better Days on Vimeo.

 

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METEORITES

It was indeed an honour and a pleasure to be asked by Yann Tiersen to write and sing lyrics on one of the tracks from his new album, “∞” (Infinity) – and, unsurprisingly, the rest of the album’s amazing too. There’s now a video for the song – with French actress Clémence Poésy playing me! (kind of) – and it’s brilliant:

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NEVERLAND TRANSMISSION

L. Pierre’s last thing for 2013 was a Disney mix for Dazed Digital:

The mix even had write-ups on Pitchfork and great geek blog, Bleeding Cool!

L. Pierre is now in hibernation.

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