The fifth instalment of my Adventures in Reading newsletter has gone live today. This month’s essay looks at These Bones Will Rise Again by Panashe Chigumadzi, and Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandasamy. Taking in the waves of history, questions of fiction and documentary, and questions of complicity, I hope you’ll enjoy the essay and beContinue reading “Adventures in Reading: Waves of histories, parallel stories”
After a couple of years of thinking about it, I have launched Vessel, a new independent magazine exploring the ideas of poems as vessels. Inspired in part by an interest in material culture and by Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”, Vessel will explore, both formally and thematically, what a poem mightContinue reading “Vessel”
My latest Adventure in reading is now available to read here. Drawing on Sara Baume, Lorina Bulwer, and Marilyn Robinson via Ellah P. Wakatama, I consider how my relationship to words has changed during lockdown, and how tangible making can be both comfort and political necessity in such times as these. The essay has beenContinue reading “Adventures in reading: the writing of containment to the gift of the hard-won word”
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”