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”

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”

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”

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”

NCW The Writing Life podcast: launching the NCW Book Club

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”

Adventures in Reading #3: The Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuits to the writing of containment

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”

Adventures in Reading: 111.0 to the Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuits

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”