Monday, March 13, 2006

latitude press release


British Council Philippines and Anvil Publishing invite you to the booklaunch of “Latitude,” an anthology of works by contemporary writers from Scotland and the Philippines, to be held on Thursday, March 16 at the Conspiracy Garden Café along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

The book collects short fiction from seven Scottish and seven Filipino writers, ranging from the young and newly-discovered to the internationally-published and well-established. Among the Filipino writers are Lakambini Sitoy, Dean Alfar, Jose Y. Dalisay and Alfred A. Yuson, while the Scottish side includes Graham Bell, Louise Welch, Zoe Stracha and Iain Maloney. Glasgow native Toni Davidson co-edited the book with award-winning Filipino writer Angelo Lacuesta. Efforts are also underway for the book to find equivalent distribution in the UK, initially, through the London Book Fair and the British Council’s Literature showcase at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Alluding to Burns Night, Conspiracy will take on a Scottish motif anchored by a modest exhibit on Scottish arts and culture. The programme will feature readings from the book, interspersed with live music performance by Filipino world music specialist Cynthia Alexander. There will also be a Quiz Night with questions on famous Scots. A special video presentation featuring Glasgow-based Franz Ferdinand will also be shown.

For reservations (RSVP), call 7471622 and look for Anne Manalaotao of Anvil Publishing. Cocktails begin at 6:00PM.


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