My year long City University Novel Studio course is nearly done. The grand finale of the course is a reading of extracts of work by each class member to an invited group of publishing industry guests on 4th July. It feels like a nice opportunity, though we'll see what comes of it. Anyway, I've had to crunch down my pitch or 'logline' so it fits the 50 word limit for the programme. Here's how I am selling it:
1985. Geordie paperboy Carl thinks his problems with bullies are over when his charismatic cousin offers help. But when an apparent racist attack turns a playground squabble into something more sinister, Carl is drawn into a dangerous world of political activism which he doesn’t understand and can’t control.
The piece I am reading is just under 4 minutes long, and shows Meacock offering some advice to Carl about how to deal with the bullies. It is quite an entertaining extract, I hope.
Will post it after July 4th.