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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!
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!
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.
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.
Fun in the sun on UEA campus. πŸ˜„πŸŒ»
Fun in the sun on UEA campus. πŸ˜„πŸŒ»
I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with the wonderful Anuradha Roy at the Galle Lit Fest in Sri Lanka last year. Thought I'd dip back into this beautiful book while the sun's shining...
I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with the wonderful Anuradha Roy at the Galle Lit Fest in Sri Lanka last year. Thought I'd dip back into this beautiful book while the sun's shining...
Doing some reading and q&a at The Riff Raff (@riffraff_ldn). Such a great night of literary madness in Brixton, London!
Doing some reading and q&a at The Riff Raff (@riffraff_ldn). Such a great night of literary madness in Brixton, London!
It's sunny and I'm returning to one of my favourite collections. What incredible stories! Has anyone else read this?

Favourites: The Circular Ruins, Lottery in Babylon, Funes the Memorious...
It's sunny and I'm returning to one of my favourite collections. What incredible stories! Has anyone else read this? Favourites: The Circular Ruins, Lottery in Babylon, Funes the Memorious...
Will the tide of New Zealand selfies never end? This on the beautiful Queenstown Hill...
Will the tide of New Zealand selfies never end? This on the beautiful Queenstown Hill...
Anyone read this? A kind of incredible dual timeframe novel...
Anyone read this? A kind of incredible dual timeframe novel...
See these incredible 'Cathedral Caves' in New Zealand. So beautiful! Pity about the sand flies though... 😣
See these incredible 'Cathedral Caves' in New Zealand. So beautiful! Pity about the sand flies though... 😣
It's a beautiful day in Norwich! Went to one of my favourite spots by the river to read this.
It's a beautiful day in Norwich! Went to one of my favourite spots by the river to read this.
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
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
Is there any sweeter sight than the historical fiction section of an old bookshop? πŸ“šπŸ›οΈ
Is there any sweeter sight than the historical fiction section of an old bookshop? πŸ“šπŸ›οΈ
Thanks so much to @polly__flintandherbooks for her lovely review and photo of River of Ink!
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Thanks so much to @polly__flintandherbooks for her lovely review and photo of River of Ink! #repost  ・・・ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (5/5) for β€œRiver of Inkβ€œ by @paulmmcooper , set in thirteenth century Sri Lanka. A beautifully written book about poetry, love, loyalty and deception πŸ“š
I was judging the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize this year - got to meet some of the amazing finalists at the Shard in London. All their stories were amazing!
I was judging the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize this year - got to meet some of the amazing finalists at the Shard in London. All their stories were amazing!
Happy times in New Zealand!
Happy times in New Zealand!
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?
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!
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!