A tale of two (or more) stories: a photo essay

It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time for the latest in my Adventures in Reading series of essays. This time, in “A book holds many stories” I explore how books as physical objects hold stories beyond the printed word. I mix words and photographs, taking inspiration from Chirodeep Chaudhuri and JerryContinue reading “A tale of two (or more) stories: a photo essay”

Developing a conscious writing practice

Around June-July for the last three years in a row, I’ve had a really productive writing time. In the space of a few weeks each summer, I seem to make more progress than I would usually do over 6 months, in terms of both ending up with a near-complete manuscript or two, and of improvingContinue reading “Developing a conscious writing practice”

Snail experiments

Over the last few weeks I’ve been revisiting a project that I undertook in 2014, in which I collaborated with snails. I noticed that after periods of summer rain, the gravelled front garden of the house where I was living with friends would come alive with snails. I remember that summer as one of warmContinue reading “Snail experiments”

NCW The Writing Life podcast: Bluebird, Bluebird

This week I was back on the NCW The Writing Life podcast to talk about the next iteration of our Book Club. We’ll be reading and discussing Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, a crime novel that combines a compelling plot and an insightful look at law enforcement and race in Texas. You can join theContinue reading “NCW The Writing Life podcast: Bluebird, Bluebird”

Vessel: Open call for issue 1

The submissions window for issue 1 of new, independent poetry magazine Vessel is now open until 23:59 on 28th August 2020. Poets can send up to 4 poems and/or images for consideration to vesselpoetry@gmail.com. Full submissions guidelines and more about the editorial process can be found here. Issue 1 is edited by Flo Reynolds and Cat Woodward.

Adventures in Reading: Waves of histories, parallel stories

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”

Vessel

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”

Adventures in reading: the writing of containment to the gift of the hard-won word

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”

NCW Book Club: A Line Made by Walking

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”