For those of you interested, my PhD thesis is now available from the British Library’s EThOS service.
Mature Poets Steal: Notes to Self, a novel and an extended essay on that work
Much of the novel is redacted in case I ever find a publisher, but there’s lots of interesting stuff about the literary fragment, collage practices and writing about identity for those who like that sort of thing.
I’m very pleased to be included alongside a great variety of short stories in a new anthology published in support of Shelter.
The ebook is available now (via Amazon unfortunately, but apparently that helps us maximise the profit for the charity) and the paperback will be available later this year.
Find out more about the project on the Stories for Homes website, where there is also a (free) online anthology of stories on the theme of home.
The second in my series of short stories written (and illustrated!) by the five year old me.
“I went to a party
and and I went watch watched a wizard.”
I, like many people, really enjoy a good corner and, for those of you who don’t know, I have an instagram account, @feelingcornered, that celebrates the form.
Following a small jump in followers recently I did some digging and was chuffed to discover this great little review in the wonderful AnOther Magazine.
If you’ve never considered the aesthetic worth of a good corner do give me a follow and enjoy my erratically scheduled updates.
So I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the free software over at twinery.org and had my first crack at creating a Twine game, Beta, which you can play here.
Literary games are something that I’m interested in doing more with in the future so let me know what you think.
This is the first in a series of blog posts of rediscovered illustrated short stories by my younger self.
“I like my house and I like my garden”
Here’s my last minute entry to whimword’s #whimter contest.
After La Cloche fêlée by Baudelaire
Her pleasure is all,
warming the long nights of winter
at a fire that burns bright
who, in love with her youth,
throws faithfully her voice
into the open mouth of her lover.
Me, my soul is wracked with nonexistance.
I watch through the glass.
It often happens that my voice fails me.
I have felt the slow dissolution of a man who is
forgotten at the edge of a lake of youth.
I see condensation forming on the window.
I’m very pleased to have my short story, Science: A Narrative Theory, published as part of the HARTs and Minds Journal’s Science, Society & Civilisation edition. Given the theme of this issue, I thought it would be interesting to use some technology to aid my writing and generated the first plan of the short story using an online plot generator. If you’re interested in what might happen if a personification of Science were to meet a personification of Civilisation do check it out.
For Every Year has the noble aim of producing ‘A story or poem or something else for every year since 1400.’ Some really great writers have got involved so far, producing a wide variety of work inspired by the events of over four hundred years worth of history. My own contribution, Various Grit, is in honour of Isaac Fischer Jr’s patent for a new process for producing sandpaper in 1834.
Definitely worth having a browse through some of the other work and maybe considering contributing your own work dedicated to a particular year (it’s being done chronologically, so if you love the nineteenth century it’s a good time to get involved!)
The second in a series of fascinating blog posts based on this list of topic ideas.
Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said
Busy is a decision and presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity. Don’t mistake the doing for the being.
To which I would only a add
And remember to stay hydrated.