Well I must say the Udderbelly gig was really terrific. They were a really great audience and the place was more or less full, about 400 people which is pretty good going for a book-reading for a book that isn’t out for two months.
The day after my reading I was back on the South Bank when I was made a Fellow of the University of the Arts. The Unversity of the Arts is all the London art schools, Chelsea, St Martins, Camberwell and so on. I wore a proper gown and hat and everything. I didn’t want to say anything too encouraging in my speech so I told the audience of graduating students and their families about how Chelsea were going to throw me out after my first term until I made a short film cruelly mocking the teaching staff then they let me stay.
In this South Bank themed blog I am pleased to see the return of The South Bank Show to Sky Arts after it as cancelled by ITV. I always longed to be on this pretentious arts show, it would have played to my intellectual vanity but I was never featured even though they had Ben Elton about seven times and Lenny Henry at least twice and now it's back maybe I’ll still have a chance. I plan to begin my interview with a long diatribe against Melvin Bragg for not having me on sooner.