While we’ve all been staying in our flats and houses during the past ten weeks of lockdown, I have been getting to know my neighbours. This is an unusual pastime for me. During the day I’m normally at work, and in the evenings – even warm, outdoorsy sort of summer evenings – I’m either workingContinue reading “Neighbourliness”
It’s been a pleasure to curate and produce the second NCW Book Club. This time our chosen book is A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume. Through a combination of podcasts, Zoom discussions and a Discord community, we’ve been discussing the book with readers from around the world and hearing from Sara herself aboutContinue reading “NCW Book Club: A Line Made by Walking”
My poems “the other body”, “houseplants” and “still life with mangelwurzel” have been published today in Anthropocene poetry journal. Big thanks to Charlie and the Anthropocene team, and I hope people enjoy reading them. You can do so here.
I spoke on the NCW The Writing Life podcast last week as we launch the first digital Book Club. For May and June 2020 we’ll be reading and discussing Sara Baume’s second novel, A Line Made by Walking. Listen to the podcast, and find out how to get your hands on a copy of theContinue reading “NCW The Writing Life podcast: launching the NCW Book Club”
Back in October I had the pleasure of speaking to poet Kendel Hippolyte during his UK tour for the release of his latest collection, Wordplanting. We spoke about writing across different forms and the responsibilities that writers have towards their art and their reader. Click here to hear more.
My latest tinyletter is now available to read here. This time I take in bad ontology jokes (sorry), children’s secret codes, a fantastic essay by Khairani Barokka that I can’t stop reading, and how the communicative potential for writing and reading feels more important than ever in these days of isolation and distancing. You canContinue reading “Adventures in Reading #3: The Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuits to the writing of containment”
A while ago I was lucky enough to have the chance to sit down with Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ and talk to her about her award-winning debut novel Stay With Me, particularly looking at how she uses character to allow her to explore bigger themes of women’s lives, chronic illness, and family life in turbulent times. OurContinue reading “NCW The Writing Life podcast: exploring themes through characters with Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀”
The second of my Adventures in Reading is available now. This one takes in the possibility of different library cataloguing systems from the Dewey Decimal Classification to S. R. Ranganathan’s Laws of Library Science, through to “The Library of Aimless Yes Meaningful Pursuits”, a speculative essay by the OOMK Collective in their book The LibraryContinue reading “Adventures in Reading: 111.0 to the Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuits”
In the autumn I had the pleasure of talking to poet and novelist Ashley Hickson-Lovence for the National Centre for Writing’s The Writing Life podcast. We talked about writing around the day job, committing to one’s writing practice through further study, and the joys of indie publishing. Listen to the end for Ashley’s top tipsContinue reading “NCW The Writing Life podcast: from teacher to writer with Ashley Hickson-Lovence”
I really enjoyed the chance to interview Cat Woodward for NCW’s The Writing Life podcast a few months ago, and the episode has gone live today. Cat was in Norwich to read at UEA Live just before the launch of her latest collection Blood. Flower. Joy! (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2019) so we caught upContinue reading “NCW The Writing Life podcast: taking yourself seriously with Cat Woodward”