I undertake various creative projects, both self-initiated and in collaboration with fellow creatives. Find out more about some of these below.
Adventures in reading newsletter
I write a monthly essay taking in reading, libraries, and the many joys and curiosities of books. Find the archive and subscribe here, and follow my Adventures in Reading.
Breaking News reading group
Breaking News is a supportive current affairs reading group in which we meet to break out of our bubbles and overcome news fatigue in a friendly and inclusive environment and with a spirit of shared curiosity. At each meeting, we explore a range of viewpoints and sources to empower us as active readers and citizens.
I started Breaking News out of a feeling that the prevailing media discourse didn’t represent the way I wanted to engage in current affairs. I wanted a respectful but inquisitive environment to share the experience of staying up to date with the news in an empowering, communal way. The purpose of Breaking News has always been to get outside of ‘the bubble’, and encounter other viewpoints with curiosity, rather than the knee-jerk retreats into entrenched positions that can leave us feeling divided, disempowered and overwhelmed.
All are welcome and you can find out more about the next event by emailing breakingnewsnorwich [at] gmail [dot] com.
Collaborative writing is a key part of my practice. I have a longstanding collaboration with poet Cat Woodward, and frequently write with others too.
Between the years 2012-2014 I founded and edited Kumquat Poetry webzine. In 2013 the wonderful poet Megan Pattie joined me as co-editor, until the zine had to close in 2014. You can see the Kumquat archive still – we published so many wonderful poets, and these poems still absolutely deserve to be read.
Here you can find Megan Pattie’s website.
National Centre for Writing Book Club
In 2020 I started the NCW Book Club. Open to all, the Book Club is a chance to meet at the National Centre for Writing over tea and biscuits to discuss some of the best works in contemporary literature. We explore short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry, and works in translation, making these informal and friendly sessions the perfect way to meet like-minded readers and to discover exciting new reads. We’ll always choose books that are easy to find in the library and bookshops. Our list of books to date is as follows:
- February 2020: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Granta, 2018).
- May 2020: A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume (Heinemann, 2017). Find out how to join the discussion here.