Memphis restaurants, Merseyside meetings

When Colonel Tom Parker died in 1997,  rather fittingly in Las Vegas, The Independent’s obituary began ‘When Elvis Presley met Colonel Tom Parker in a Memphis restaurant in 1955, it was the start of a relationship that would transform their lives …’.

I’ve signed with a new agent.  Her name is Hannah Sheppard of DHH Literary Agency.  We didn’t meet in a Memphis restaurant, worse luck.

 

Parker, Colonel Tom & Presley, Elvis

We kind of met in 1999 in the University of Liverpool.  When I say ‘kind of’, I mean, well, we did the same course. We said ‘hey’ twice, probably.  You can read Hannah’s take on it here.

Let’s assume we’ll change each other’s lives, just like old Colonel Tom and Elvis Aaron.

We’ll be working together on my second novel, ‘Alone, Together’, which I’d probably better go and write a bit of now.  It’s about loss of love and Wi-Fi signal, plus some other things, which you’ll definitely want to read in bed/on the bus/in important business meetings/at parties, even, perhaps, sometime in the nearish future, relatively speaking.

Until then, as Elvis would say, I’ll be taking care of business.

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Best. Review. Ever.

Perhaps my favourite review of all time of anything ever, I found this on the internet recently.

Half Plus Seven by Dan Tyte

Some weeks ago, following a violent row with my wife, I ended up at a party full of students in the Bristol area and, under the illusion that I had somehow rediscovered my youth (actually I did to some extent – but that’s another story!) I stole this book after waking up early on a scruffy sofa.

There could have been no better companion on the National Express that morning. Not for me the wondering of how I became drunk enough to be nearly 200 miles from my house; reading Bill’s story made me realise how ordered my life actually was. I am grateful for this in some senses – I always know exactly how much shampoo I own, for example, and I can dress in formal clothing at a moment’s notice – but I was also jealous. Jealous of the carefree way Bill handles friendships, money, women and life’s other frivolities; envious of the brave face he puts out to the world in adverse conditions – even though that face might easily have been crumpled into the straggly, sleeping hair of some ne’er-do-well and soon-to-be-ever-avoided strumpet only moments earlier.

Tyte writes Bill’s plight with fight and might that could never be trite. He gives insight to a world few of us see – ostensibly glamorous but possible only by trawling the dirtiest climes. He is, for want of a better phrase, a tin miner spending days in darkness and inhaling dangerous chemicals so that we might have a kettle: this book is the comforting cup of tea for which you’ve been waiting. If I could be 29 again, I would choose many parts of this life. I am glad, however, that I do not smoke as it is truly a disgusting habit.

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Thanks ‘Vance’, truly thanks.

Master of my Craft

Digging around in some old files, I discovered this old CV from a few years ago. No wonder I couldn’t get a Christmas job…

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My career to date

  • I remember very little of my childhood.  My oldest friend retains a photographic memory of these formative years.  However, due to the uneasy dynamic of our relationship, and other forces outside of our control, he has been known to embellish, exaggerate and downright lie.  He says I cried on my first day at Roman Catholic high school.  To this day I am unsure if he is telling the truth.
  • At school I excelled at English and bravado.  In Year Nine, I played a heartfelt Romeo despite structural damage to the school hall confining the players to the desks of our portakabin classroom.  Juliet went on to play the lead in Argos’ 2009 Christmas advertising campaign.
  • My Year 11 school report closed with the line, ‘Where will he end up? Wembley or Hollywood?’  I currently live in Canton, Cardiff.
  • I first drank port in the dark, dank, paper-strewn room of one Professor Bernard Beatty in a Romantic Poetry and Prose tutorial at the University of Liverpool.  He shared his quarters with a Highland Terrier called Pilgrim.  Pilgrim jumped to his death from the second floor window on a rare hot afternoon.  The pain of his passing spurred me on to a respectable degree result.
  • For five years I wrote thousands of words of copy for a national music magazine remembered from interviews in New York clubs with messianic rock stars dressed in white.  My dictaphone never ever worked.  I got out before the beer went flat.
  • A hip music video director turned a poem of mine into a short film.  It was shown at the cinema and I nervously read the twelve lines out in front of couples on dates.  No-one offered me any popcorn.
  • Every month, I put together 800 words for a newspaper column on subjects that have included babies, stag dos and the Icelandic mayoral system.  It appears on the page above the ‘Boy’s Toys’ section.
  • The Chartered Institute of PR named me the industry’s ‘Outstanding Young Communicator’ in 2010.  By the arbitrary nature of their guidelines, I am young no more.
  • In 2011, a Hunter S. Thompson style piece I wrote on Hunter S. Thompson was published by Parthian Books.  I wore double denim to the launch and spilled red wine over the front row.

The Blond Ambition World Tour 2014

In support of the launch of the new paperback edition of Half Plus Seven, I’m doing a series of shows around the southern area of Wales. Support comes from Van Halen and Technotronic (Newport only).

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Thurs 16th Oct- New Under The Sun, Porters, Cardiff, 7.45pm

Sat 18th Oct- #SaveLePub, Newport, 4.45pm

Sun 19th Oct- Made In Roath, Waterloo Tea Gardens, 6pm

Sat 25th Oct- Do Not Go Gentle Festival, Mozarts, Swansea, 6.30pm.

Great Product/Grate Product

Fans of moving images, modern imagery and modish colours will rate this blog post at least a 7.5 out of 10.

Here’s me and Richard Owain Roberts reading a bit of our collaborative story ‘Great Product/Grate Product’.

And here’s the whole story translated into French and German by Marc Thomas. Marc is the creative director @SmallJoysCo. He is the preppy in all the right places.

Das ist magnifique!

 

STOP THE PRESS//PYRAMID SCHEME

So there’s a press release about PYRAMID SCHEME which I thought I’d post here….

22nd August 2014

New literary and music night PYRAMID SCHEME lays foundations for modern writers

Cardiff writers Dan Tyte (Half Plus Seven, Parthian Books) and Richard Owain Roberts (All The Places We Lived, Parthian Books, March 2015) have brought together literary and musical talent from both home and abroad for the debut of Pyramid Scheme, Cardiff’s newest literary night.

Tyte and Roberts are clear in their aims for the night:

“We wanted to put together something that felt relevant and spoke to us as writers and citizens of Cardiff, but was outward looking too. Pyramid Scheme seems essential, a great product.  It’s a fresh take on the usual warm wine and stale conversation of most literary nights.  The Kings Road Artist Studios will add an air of creativity a cut above the normal reading spaces of chain bookstores.”

The pair will be joined by a selection of up and coming Cardiff writers, including the award winning Joao Morais, plus a Skype reading by Guillaume Morissette (New Tab, Vehicule Press) live from Montreal, Quebec. Live music comes in the form of Summer Ghost, the new project from Alex Comana, the vocalist from Radio 1 tipped Among Brothers, who will be bringing his brand of ’emotive tech wizardry’ to what promises to be a contemporary night of lit and live music.

Pyramid Scheme will be happening at 7:00pm, Thursday August 28th in the Kings Road Artist Studios, Pontcanna CF11 9DF.

Full line up

DAN TYTE- Cardiff- born author of Half Plus Seven, published by Parthian in April 2014:A coming-of-age novel snorting with energy”- Daily Mail, “A lethal cocktail of Bukowski and Mad Men, finished with a twist of dry Welsh wit”- NME, “Sharp, spiky satire…a masculine and propulsive romantic comedy, told in a strikingly bold and honest manner”- Wales Arts Review.

RICHARD OWAIN ROBERTS- From Anglesey, now based in Cardiff, his debut short story collection All The Places We Lived is published by Parthian in 2015.

JOAO MORAIS- Winner of the 2013 Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers.

AND LIVE FROM MONTREAL:

GUILLAUME MORISETTE- the author of the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014), which spans a year in the life of a 26-year-old video game designer as he attempts to reset his life, and the short story collection I Am My Own Betrayal (Maison Kasini, 2012). He lives in Montreal and will be joining us in Wales via Skype and a projector.

LIVE MUSIC BY:

SUMMER GHOST- The new project from Alex Comana, the vocalist with Among Brothers, the electro-rhythmists who played the Radio 1 Big Weekend, Summer Ghost makes songs of “dark, cloudy synth and industrial drone”- Plastik Magazine and is returning to his alma mater of Cardiff for this special show from London.

And new writers:

STEVE LUCAS

KEARA CREED

ADAM CHRISTOPHER

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ENDS

For guestlist or interview opportunities, contact Dan Tyte (dantyte@googlemail.com) or Richard Owain Roberts (richardowainroberts@gmail.com)