Spent today in the garden reading The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. It's wonderful, a great adventure tale in the time of Empire! We're doing an event together in Caxton Books in Frinton-on-Sea this Friday. So excited!
I found many of these incredible bricks stamped with cuneiform writing on my journeys around Iraq. They litter the ruined sites and ancient places. Some of them can be as much as 4000 years old! This was the first writing system, used to write languages like Babylonian and Akkadian, and was often written on clay tablets. The kings also stamped inscriptions like these on the bricks of important buildings so people would know who built them!
Took this selfie on top of the minaret of the Great Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, about 120km north of Baghdad. It's over 50m high and spirals like a corkscrew! Victorian explorers thought this was the original tower of Babylon, but it was built in the 9th century by the Abbasid Caliphs. These guys wanted to take so many photos, and took it in turns to gather round.
I've finally made a Facebook page for myself! If you want to keep up to date on River of Ink announcements, events I'll be appearing at, competitions and news of upcoming books, it'll all be up there! I'd love to see some of you there. 😁 It's facebook.com/paulmmcooper
Thanks so much to @polly__flintandherbooks for her lovely review and photo of River of Ink!
★★★★★ (5/5) for “River of Ink“ by @paulmmcooper , set in thirteenth century Sri Lanka. A beautifully written book about poetry, love, loyalty and deception 📚
Spent a rather cold day on active research for my next book, trying out some stone carving in Norwich Cathedral. I learnt so much! It's pretty difficult though... What's the weirdest research you've ever done for a book?
Got to meet some amazing readers and writers at the LSE Literature Festival last month, running a workshop about writing the unfamiliar in place and time. Definitely a literary event to watch out for next year!