Max Scratchmann will talk about the grim realities of “living the dream” on a desert island.

Ouch!  This strikes close to home.  Alan and Rose, and Rose’s daughter Emily, entertain a fond dream of someday heading off to Orkney Big Island for ever. But Max may have a few words to say about this……

Here’s the review of Max’s book “Chucking it All”, from [Evil Website We Do Not Discuss that Kills Small Publishers]:

‘Named one of the twelve best travel books of 2009 by Worldhum, Chucking It All exposes the gritty reality behind all those twee bestsellers which extol the joys of sunny rural idylls. With its remorseless true-life account of downshifting to a remote Scottish island, Chucking It All uncovers the frightening realities of relocating to “a magical island lost in the mists of time” as you follow the warts-and-all adventures of urban misanthrope, Max Scratchmann, as he valiantly tries to forge a new life in the windswept Orkney islands, and grumbles his way through unending winters with eighteen-hour nights, nocturnal visits from drunken farmers and booty calls from desperate divorcees. From struggling to fit in as a temporary postman in a wilderness where houses don’t display numbers or names, to attending drunken country ceilidhs with the island singles’ club, or finding himself up to the neck in local politics while performing in the village pantomime, Chucking It All is an urbanite’s nightmare and one of the most hilarious books that you will read this year. Irreverent, sarcastic and bitingly caustic, Chucking It All still manages to be a grudgingly affectionate portrait of rural life through the eyes of a cynical outsider, and is one of the truest accounts of “living the dream” ever published. “Does for downshifting what Lewinsky did for Clinton – only much funnier…”   ‘

Okay that was from  (*sob*) Amazon.  It’s only proper to cite the source.  But they are still awful to small presses.

Max joins Two Rivers original show, ‘Stairwell Books Presents:’. This interview kicks off  right after we replay The Poetry Show podcast “SEASONS”, as produced and edited by Adam Talieti, as a production of Eden Agency, Knaresborough.

Stairwell Books Presents gets Edinburgh visitor Max Scratchmann!

Rose and Alan are delighted to welcome Max Scratchmann on Monday 22 January. Little did Rose know that when she put out a call for writers to come and chat – whether self-published, or never published, or Stairwell or non-Stairwell – that Max would ask if he could stop by. Yes!

Max is a well-known British writer and illustrator. His poems and short stories have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and he co-runs the Edinburgh performance poetry company, Poetry Circus.

He is the author of 16 books, including the award-winning autobiography about Scottish jute workers in India, The Last Burrah Sahibs, and the unintentionally controversial account of downshifting in the Scottish islands, Chucking It All. [Rose plans to ask about this!]

Max lives in Edinburgh and is a regular performer at the Festival Fringe as well as having been seen at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the Imaginate Festival, the Celtic Mystery Festival, the Merchant City Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, the Hidden Door Festival and many more…

“Poetry Circus has become one of the bigger players in Edinburgh’s spoken word scene” – The Scotsman

So, please join us on Monday, the 22nd, between 1pm and 2pm: and listen again once the show has been archived by Jez and Declan.

Rose & Alan