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”
The first of my new Tinyletter newsletter essays about all things books, libraries and reading has gone out today. If you haven’t yet subscribed, you can view the archive and sign up here to receive a monthly essay from me. I hope you’ll join me on my adventures in reading.
I’m delighted to have two poems in the first Modern Queer Poets anthology by Pilot Press, edited by Richard Porter. The poems are “the reading” (a take on my recurrent themes in my manuscript, holon) and “I’m a riddle and you’re working me out”, which is older. I’m so glad it has finally found aContinue reading “Two poems: Modern Queer Poets I”
I have poems on the White Review website this month, including one with my writing partner Cat Woodward. Find them here. Read more about my collaboration with Cat here and here.
I’ve recently finished the poems for my first collection, holon. And while I edit the collection, and find suitable afterlives for those poems, I’m also starting to think about a new project: for now, until it coalesces, I call it ‘that listening space’. I will use listening as both theme and methodology, and in aContinue reading “That listening place”